Fiji Chess takes legal action against FASANOC

The case by Fiji Chess Federation (“FCF”) against Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (“FASANOC”) was heard in the Suva High Court yesterday (June 19).
An injunction has been sought against FASANOC’s purported suspension of FCF as a member in April.

FCF claimed the suspension was based on rumours and FASANOC did not have powers to interfere in FCF’s affairs, amongst other things. The cancellation of the AGM in March was beyond FCF’s control.

FASANOC asked the Judge for 28 days to respond. However, this was opposed by FCF who cited the importance of the registration deadline for the upcoming Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan.

The Judge considered the urgency of the case and allowed FASANOC 14 days to file their response. FCF volunteered to reply within two days after that to get a quick hearing for the injunction application. A hearing date has been set for July 15.

As part of the substantive action, FCF has also sought the Court’s permission to conduct an Annual General Meeting.

In the meantime, FCF will continue to operate as usual and manage its day-to-day operations. Issues arising from the 42nd Chess Olympiad last year have been dealt with.


Kiran Khatri
Acting President
20 June 2017