Games Council by-passed: Dioko

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THE Renbel Solomon Games Task Force has by-passed the Solomon Games Council (SGC) in all their dealings, Council Vice-President Siosi Dioko states on Thursday.

The Solomon Games Council is the highest governing body of the triennial event, according to the Solomon Games Charter which was formally adopted in November 2013.

Dioko said the undermining of the Games Council by the local organising committee of the event scheduled for next month in Renbel resulted in the setbacks they encountered recently.

“The games council has been undermined in all the dealings regarding the upcoming hosting.

“This is wrong. There have been a lot of mix-ups recently where the local organising committee has totally forgotten about us.

“The Solomon Games is not owned by the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI). The Games is owned by the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Home Affairs and governed by an independent body which is the Solomon Games Council.

“The SGC is the supreme and decisive authority in all matters concerning the Games and it has the final say.

“NOCSI is an important member of the games council and their role is to facilitate for the running of the sporting events while the government provides fund for the games. This how it works.

“The SGC decides on the hosting of the games and its members are Provincial and Honiara City Council Sports Committees; The National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands; The Solomon Islands National Sports Council; The Ministry responsible for Sports in the Government of Solomon Islands; and The Oceania National Olympics Committee,” Dioko said.

The Vice-President said they have made a submission to the Ministry of Home Affairs so that the games council can convene a meeting regarding this as soon as possible.

Dioko added that an important issue to look is the latest withdrawals by provinces from the games in Renbel.

“Our defending champion Guadalcanal had already withdrawn and followed by Western, Central and the latest is Malaita.

“This is an important issue to look at.”

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