22 April 2009

Fijian volleyballers have New Zealand visa applications denied

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Two players have had their New Zealand visa applications denied in the lead-up the Oceania Zonal Championship in Wellington, reports Fijivillge.com.

The temporary New Zealand visa applications were denied because both players had a shared father who served in the Fijian military.  The New Zealand Government is still imposing visa sanctions on all Fijians who have kin or other relations to anyone in the Fijian military, which deposed the ruling Fijian Government in 2006 and has not since stepped down despite pressure from international government leaders.

Sisters Duri and Claire Delai will not be able to play in the competition, and will have to join up with their players if they win the competition and head to Kazakhstan in June for the qualifier of the 2010 FIVB World Women's Championship.

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