October 09, 2018
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8 players tested positive for drug use

A total of 8 players were tested positive for drug use during the first three days of the 2018 Courts Inter District Championship (IDC) in Suva.

3 out of the 8 are from the Premier Division and one will sit out of the semifinals today as all players have been suspended for 30 days and will be re-tested after the suspension period.

Fiji FA Chief Executive Mohammed Yusuf in an interview with FijiLive confirmed that 8 out of the 96 tested were positive and they are a bit disappointed as all players are aware that drug use is not permitted in football, yet they are trying to continue with the abuse.

“We started our crusade last year and will continue to test players in every match as we want to make football clean from drug abuse. In every match, 4 players (2 each) from every district are tested and players found positive are suspended on the spot and cannot play any further part in the competitions.”

“Despite so many awareness programs and warnings, players are continuing to use drugs and we will come down hard on those that are found positive again after the re-tests,” he added.

16 more players will be tested after the Senior and Premier Division semifinals today

By Reginald Chandar

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