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Anti-doping Bill referred to Standing Committee

The Anti-Doping Bill 2024 has been referred to the Standing Committee on Justice, Law, and Human Rights, and the report on the Bill be presented to Parliament at a later date.

While speaking on his motion, Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru said the issue of doping in sports has plagued the integrity of competitions globally and recognising the importance of fair play and safeguarding the health of athletes.

Saukuru said the Bill that the Government is proposing is a pivotal step towards strengthening Fiji’s anti-doping efforts seeking to consolidate and enhancing our existing legislative framework to effectively combat doping practices in sports.

He said the enactment of this Bill is crucial for several reasons:

  • It reaffirms Fiji’s commitment to upholding the integrity of sports and promoting clean competition
  • It establishes a National Anti-Doping Agency, tasked with coordinating and implementing Anti-Doping Programmes, adopts stringent testing protocol, and introduces strict penalties for offenders
  • It addresses the evolving landscape of doping practices, including the misuse of emerging substances and technologies. By empowering regulatory authorities with the necessary tools and powers to investigate and prosecute offenders

“This is an unprecedented development, not only for Fiji but for the Pacific. With Fiji taking the lead in sports development in the Pacific region, establishing the National Anti-Doping Platform will enhance Fiji’s position and reach to the Pacific region,” he said.

Speaking on the motion, Opposition MP Iowane Naivalurua said this has been longstanding and something that the Opposition has always wanted to have, that not only is in compliance with the international norm but is also in line with the development and progress of sports here in Fiji.

Naivalurua said this is good news for athletes, sporting federations and other relevant stakeholders.

The motion was unanimously supported by all Members of Parliament.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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