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Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s contract will expire at the end of the year.
Fiji National Sports Commission(FNSC) Chairman Peter Mazey says it is up to the Fiji Rugby Union whether they want to renew his contract.
Baber was brought in to guide the side to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but now since it has been postponed to next year means the national coach’s contract ends in December.
FNSC Chair Peter Mazey who is in constant contact with Baber says the Welshman’s contract is expected to be renewed.
“Yes I have discussions with Gareth also on this and he has had that discussion with Fiji Rugby. His contract is up until the end of the year. So it was not until the Olympic that was until the end of this year. I am assuming that Fiji Rugby will be looking at an extension to take through the Olympics.”
Meanwhile,International coaches like Gareth Baber and Brandon Costin are expected to get a pay cut in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After consultations with sport fraternities, Fiji National Sports Commission Chair Peter Mazey says they have to help the government during this tiring times.
“Their actually contract is held between them and the sports bodies. It is the funding of the coach that comes through the sports Commission. We have had all our meetings with the sporting bodies, we are ready to go and have our meetings with the ministry of economy when they call for those budget meetings but there will be a lot of cuts.”
The Fiji Sports Commission gave government approximately $1.6 million(US$687,000) to help in Supplementary Budget that was announced last night.
This is to aid Government in the ongoing attempts to address COVID-19.
“We went around and spoke to all sporting bodies and found out who was actually in the position to use that funding that had been allocated and we were able to release our $1.6 million back to government. I am sure that the Ministry of Economy will be able to allocate it to the virus’s assistance.”
Masey says the country is going through a tough time and any form of assistance will be great.
SOURCE: FBC SPORTS/PACNEWS
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