first_imgThe withdrawal, announced by the director of French Polynesia’s youth and sport service Anthony Pheu, follows a disagreement over who should represent Tahiti’s boxers in Port Vila in December.In August, a court order annulled the elections of the officers of the Pacific Games Association of Tahiti.The President of the Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, said all entries for the Mini Games need to be submitted under the signature of the President or Secretary General of a member country’s Pacific Games Association.But with no officials in place in Tahiti, and election not planned until the new year, the Council’s Executive Board agreed it would accept entries directly from national sporting federations, provided they were affiliated with international federations.”Our rules are quite clear, knowing the fact that in Tahiti there are two boxing federations and one has come into existence in the last few months, which is recognised by the government but not by the international boxing federation,” he said.”…So according to our rules we will only recognise the boxing federation or association in Tahiti which is recognised by the international boxing association or federation – and they would have the right to take part in the Pacific Games.”Vidya Lakhan received a letter from the President of Tahiti accusing the Pacific Games Council of interfering in their internal sports administration but said it was the government’s “recognition and non-recognition of one or the other of the two boxing associations [which] could be bordering on political interference.””We were quite clear, we’ve written back to him [and explained] the way we are structured we do not allow political interference in sport and that’s what is happening in Tahiti.”Mr Lakhan said, provided they have international recognition, individual sporting federations were within their rights to compete at the Mini Games.”What we are hoping is that athletes who entered when the entries closed on the 20th of October that the government will see it’s way clear to allow them to take part because that is their right to take part and I don’t know how far a government can go towards saying athletes can not take part,” he said.”But we will not get involved in the local politics, we will accept athletes if they comply with our requirements and if not then we will not allow them to take part in the Games.”last_img read more

first_imgIn December, Vancouver-Clark Parks & Recreation Department announced that its 2010-2011 operating budget would return lifeguards and turn on the “spray ground” feature at Klineline Pond. It might have spoken too soon.As falling real estate values cut into tax levies that support park maintenance, parks officials say the deal is off. “What I’m trying to do is keep from closing parks,” said Pete Capell, director of Clark County Public Works. “My first priority is to do everything I can to keep parks open.”The county incorporated maintenance for Salmon Creek Regional Park/Klineline Pond and others into the Metro Parks District taxing district late in 2009 to ease pressure on a general fund that had just absorbed $1.6 million in cuts. The district’s tax rate is capped at 27 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, and home values are expected to continue falling. And as a junior taxing district, the parks district could be the first in the state to face further cuts.Brian Potter, parks resource program supervisor, said it cost about $71,000 between late June and Labor Day weekend 2009 — approximately 71 days — to employ five to six lifeguards to watch the pond, test for E. coli and track chlorine levels in the spray ground eight hours a day. The Public Works general fund provided that money.last_img read more