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Fiji files complaint against 100m Men’s Open decision

Fiji's Aaron Powell winning in Vanuatu but was later disqualified, a decision that FASANOC is protesting in Port Vila. Photo: THE FIJI TIMES

PORT VILA, Vanuatu – December 14: 3.40pm (FIJI TIMES): Team Fiji has written to the Pacific Games Council tribunal in regards to the Aaron Powell’s controversial disqualification in the men’s 100 metres race in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

FASANOC and Athletics Fiji president Joseph Roden has confirmed they have also lodged a formal complaint about the officials as how they handled the case.

“We have sent everything with the evidence to the tribunal as we felt that the decision made was harsh and unfair,” Roden confirmed to the Fiji Times.

“There were also a lot of favouritism shown and the officials were also rushing things as they wanted to do the medal ceremony. We have provided the footage and the rule book to them and showed them the decision they made was not right.”

Roden said Powell and Fiji was victimised by the official who ran the competition.

“We also complained about the officials of their arrogant attitude towards us where they treated us like a second class citizen,” he said.

Aaron Powell in action on the tracks in Port Vila as he competes at the Mini Games

Aaron Powell in action on the tracks in Port Vila as he competes at the Mini Games

“We need to relook at the president of the Oceania Athletics and the people who are working there and to make sure the people who are working there are compassionate and know the Pacific way of living.

“If it was a false start then they should have rerun the competition and it would have been fair to everybody.”

Meanwhile, Aaron Powell proved everyone wrong when he helped his 4×100 metres relay team win gold in the final at the Korman Stadium in Port Vila, Vanuatu yesterday.

Fiji 4x100m team consisting of Sireli Bulivorovoro, Tony Lemeki, Kolinio Radrudru and Powell worked hard from the start of the race to win gold.

However, it was Powell’s powerful finish against Papua New Guinea’s Kupun Wisil which saw the Fiji team take first place. Powell had taken the lead after the final baton change and managed to hold on despite a strong challenge from Wisil.

“It feels good to win,” he said after the race.

“I thank the Almighty God for guiding the team to the finish line and giving me the talent to showcase.”

Powell was disqualified from the 100m men’s race despite running the race when race officials claimed he made a break. I was confident of a win despite what had happened in the 100m race,” he added.

“I will now prepare for the 200 metres final tomorrow (today).”

Papua New Guinea took silver while hosts Vanuatu settled for a bronze in the race.

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