Tahiti’s Olympic Committee Tauhiti Nena’s former President has dismissed the Government’s proposed boycott of the Pacific Mini Games, stating sporting federations cannot stop by attending.
The withdrawal was declared by the manager of the childhood of French Polynesia and sport ceremony Anthony Pheu at the weekend and follows a debate over who should reflect the boxers of Tahiti.
While the government-backed federation is not the global boxing federation recognises Mr Nena’s Tahiti Boxing Association.
Tauhiti Nena. Photo: AFP
He said that gives them the right and he’s convinced they won’t be the only real ones.
“I know some federations they’re prepared to go to the Mini Games, they want to go to the Mini Games and they go to the Mini Games.
“The government’s help or not a few federations (can) go to the Mini Games with the Tahitian delegation…I think maybe three or four (sports will probably attend the Mini Games), convinced: weightlifting, baseball, boxing and perhaps another federation, so I have to wait – maybe tennis also.
“It depends on the athletes – when the athletes are prepared they go”.
A court order annulled the elections of this Pacific Games Association of Tahiti’s officers, such as Mr Nena’s role as President.
The Pacific Games Council said in the lack of a chosen body it might continue with its policy to accept athlete entries from sports federations, which can be correlated with their respective federations.
Tauhiti Nena said French Polynesia’s demanding meeting, for example, government, voted to contribute 40 million francs towards the Mini Games delegation of Tahiti .
He considers the government’s opposition to his boxing federation is inspired by the fact he’s running for parliament in the approaching election.
“I am sure it’s only a political motive but I am glad we have principles at the Olympic Committee,” he said.
“It Is Not the President of this Government that determines if I am not at the Olympic Committee of French Polynesia. If the vast majority of federations of sports they don’t agree concerning my federation they could put me.
“So now all the federations currently support my federation since they know the fantastic job that we do for these 20 years arriving”.
The Pacific Games Council said it will not turn athletes away out of Tahiti Nui and can make every attempt to aid them should their own federation continue their desire to take part in the Mini Games.