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Mandatory drug testing in Fiji FACT

Fiji Football Association has implemented mandatory drug testing for all players in this year’s Digicel Fiji FACT at Subrail Park, Labasa.

The initiative has involved an investment exceeding six thousand dollars which aims to at promote a clean tournament.

Fiji FA’s CEO Mohammed Yusuf said it is important to of maintain integrity within the tournament.

“If you have any form of drugs in your system, I suggest you do yourself a favor and avoid putting the institution in an embarrassing situation, and step aside.”

“Take off your jersey and allow someone more deserving to represent your side. Let’s do things right, and it begins with being honest with ourselves.” Said Yusuf.

Yusuf explained the protocols established by Fiji FA, stating that once lab results are received, the association will check their database to see if the offenders have previous infractions.

For first-time offenders, the consequences include a $500 fine for both the player and their association, along with a suspension.

The involved player must also appear before the disciplinary committee to verify the suspension.

Yusuf warned that more severe penalties are in store for repeat offenders.

Moreover, refusal to undergo testing will lead to automatic assumptions of a positive test, resulting in strict penalties.

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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