TASANOC General Secretary warns of legal action after executive demands his resignation

PHOTO: Takitoa Taumoepeau the General Secretary for Tonga’s Association for Sport and National Olympic Committee. Photo/Supplied

The General Secretary for Tonga’s Association for Sport and National Olympic Committee says he will consider court action after he was ordered to resign last week.

TASANOC head Takitoa Taumoepeau said he received a demand from the organisation’s executive on March 30 that he resign or face the sack.

Taumoepeau said he may take the matter to court because it involved defamation.

In July 2013 the national sporting body announced it had it terminated its contract with Taumoepeau, citing an alleged mismanagement of office funds.

He was later told he could continue in the position as a volunteer.

However, he was restored to his post after the General Secretary for the Oceania National Olympic Confederation, Ric Blas, intervened and told TASANOC its termination of Taumoepeau’s contract was unconstitutional.

Taumoepeau described the latest demand for his resignation as the result of the “personal agenda” of one member of the executive committee.

He told Kaniva News he would comment later because he was working on the upcoming Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

TASANOC’s executive committee could not be reached for comment.

The main points

  • The head of Tonga’s Asssociation for Sport and National Olympic Committee has been told to resign or face the sack.
  • TASANOC General Secretary, Takitoa Taumoepeau, said he received the demand on Monday.
  • He was sacked from his position in 2013 following financial allegations.
  • He was reinstated after the General Secretary for the Oceania National Olympic Confederation, Ric Blas, intervened.

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