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_imgPhotographs can make you laugh, cry or just recall a time that has gone by! There have been many happy, terrible and history changing events that have happened over the years and we are privileged to have some of the photographs, from those times, that can define the history.World Photography Day is observed on August 19 all over the world. The day was observed to honour the invention of the Daguerreotype photographic processes, which was invented by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre in the year 1837.To celebrate the day, we have collected some influential photographs that will either break your heart or will change the way you look at this world. Let’s take a look at them:1. A soldier cries at the 9/11 memorial. 2. Nail scratches left by the Concentration camp inmates.3. Happiness on an orphan boy’s face after he receives a new set of shoes.4. A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of its owner, who died in the disastrous landslides.5. An unborn baby pulls out his hand out of the incision made in the uterus of his mother during an operation and suddenly grabs the hand of the surgeon. This made the surgeon cry.6. Dead body of a child was being dug out during the Bhopal Gas Tragedy.7. The most famous photograph of the Gujarat riots.8. When George W. Bush was informed about the 9/11 attacks.9. An Afghan man offering tea to an American soldier in 2009.10. Five U.S Marines and a Navy soldier raising the American flag during World War II.advertisement11. A man falls from the World Trade Centre on the day of 9/11 attacks.12. Extreme hunger and poverty in Sudan. The photographer, Kevin Carter, won a Pulitzer Prize for the picture.13. Christians and Muslims hold hands in solidarity during the Cairo uprisings in January 2011.14. Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office in 2011.15. People waiting to be rescued during the 9/11 attacks. Are not these heart wrenching photographs?last_img read more