TNWRC accepted decision made by the Education Minster
Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 29/03/2018
Tonga National Women Rugby committee has accepted the decision made by the Minister of Education to ban girls from playing rugby and boxing despite the fact that the decision might limit the opportunities for girls in these sports.
Speaking to Radio Tonga News, the president of the Committee – Fehoko Tu’ivai says, they’re not opposing the Minister’s decision because this is not the first time they’ve received this.
Tu’ivai said the previous decision that they had received and the Hon. Minister’s decision earlier this month are the same as these sports are against women’s roles in Tongan culture and traditions.
Fehoko said, she understands the Minister’s intention when he made the decision but at the same time it is vital to take note that rugby is one of the oldest sports here in the Tonga.
The Patron of the Committee – Hon. Fanetupou Vava’u Tu’ivakano said, in the 18th century Tongan nobles and members of the royal family both male and female played in the Kasivaki, a form of rugby usually played in the deep waters.
She said since then, Tonga has been deeply involved in this sport in local, regional and international level.
However Fehoko said, following the decision they’re now trying out other initiatives to choose players to represent Tonga in international competitions.
Contacts have been made to the Ministry of Education for comments but to no avail.
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