Rugby legend, Fesola’i Va’aiga Tu’igamala, is remaining tightlipped about the controversy the Samoa Amateur Boxing Association (S.A.B.A.) is embroiled in.
Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Fesola’i said he doesn’t want to say anything until the Cabinet-ordered Sports Disputes Tribunal is finished.
“Thank you for the opportunity to respond,” he said.
“I regret to say however that as much as I want to address the issues that have been raised publically by S.A.B.A., I respect the process that has been put forward by Cabinet.
“Cabinet has ordered a Tribunal and that is where everything will come out. I look forward to presenting my side of the story before the Tribunal and therefore I cannot comment.”
Fesola’i’s removal by S.A.B.A. last year has reached all the way to the top with Cabinet appointing a Tribunal that includes Justice Mata Tuatagataloa, former Cabinet Minister, Tuisugaletaua Sofara Aveau and Reverend Dr. Siaosi Salesulu.
According to the Terms of Reference, the Tribunal has been asked to investigate:
• Whether the Annual General Meeting of S.A.B.A. on 10 November 2017 and whether correct and proper procedures were followed at this meeting;
• The current Executive membership of S.A.B.A. and whether such positions held were obtained appropriately;
• The removal of Fesola’i Va’aiga Tuigamala as President of S.A.B.A. whether such removal followed proper procedure and the Constitution of SABA; and
• The Constitution of S.A.B.A. and if there are inconsistencies so as to cause confusion.
Cabinet has also asked the Tribunal to provide directions on:
• The Constitution of S.A.B.A. and possible changes that make the Constitution clear, promotes accountability and responsibility; and
• Policies that may foster an environment of honesty, good governance and will be beneficial to development of amateur boxing.