22nd November 05:07 AM
Top weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana says she will not represent Fiji again
By Lena Reece
Thursday 08/11/2018
Fiji’s 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Eileen Cikamatana [Photo: RNZ Pacific/Vinnie Wylie]

Fiji’s 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Eileen Cikamatana has ruled out representing the country again.

Cikamatana was part of the Levuka weightlifting community that has now split away from Weightlifting Fiji claiming the national body has mistreated and bullied their athletes.

Last week the breakaway Fiji Weightlifters Association, which has no international affiliation, was created in response to their grievances not being addressed.

Speaking to Radio NZ Cikamatana says that Weightlifting Fiji had tried to force athletes to return to Fiji to train and hired an international coach against their wishes.

Cikamatana was adamant that she had now had enough of trying to work with the national body.

The New Caledonia‑based lifter said the final straw was when the athletes were told to apologise and asked to sign forms accepting blame for the split and promising to return to Fiji.

Cikamatana said she was confident there would be no regrets about her decision.

We will have more later this afternoon.

[Source: RNZ]

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