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Government propose draft sports bill to improve sports administration

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 11/05/2020

Government are proposing a draft sports bill to address the issues regarding sports administration in the country, with the biggest issue arising from rugby league in recent months.

The issues with rugby league in the country stem from the board of directors of the national governing body for the sport and the handling of finances.

These issues have affected Tongan rugby league over the past year with the International Rugby League board expelling Tongas membership with the international board in March, after it was suspended since October last year. Last week, the IRL revealed Tonga Ma’a Tonga Rugby League (TMTRL), a recently established rugby league committee, separate from the national governing body Tonga National Rugby League, had formally expressed its interest in becoming the International Rugby League’s (IRL) newest member.

In an interview with the Prime Minister – Dr. Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa says they are still continuing discussions on the issue of Tonga’s rugby league stance with the international body but PM Tu’i’onetoa says not much can be done locally at the moment as there are still court cases on some of the domestic issues.

However, the prime minister says they are looking to draft a new sports bill to address some of these issues with the administration of the sport’s governing bodies around the country and also to prevent further issues arising in the future.

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