Police officers who are part of the district teams participating in the Courts Inter District Championship 2020 were reminded to be positive role models and good ambassadors of the country.
The message was relayed by the Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police, Itendra Nair who has taken a proactive approach in educating teams around the country.
A number of Police Officers will be donning their respective District colours for the IDC tournament.
A/DCP Nair has visited Tavua, Ba, Rewa and Suva districts talking to Police officers and their team where he reiterated the need for players to lead by example by displaying discipline throughout the tournament both on and off the field.
“Discipline is important during the tournament which includes no fighting, no talking back to the referees and most importantly saying NO TO DRUGS because you will face the same consequences as other offenders, “said Nair.
“Don’t forget your core role as a Police Officer and use it to influence positive changes within your respective camps in line with our Duavata Community Policing through Sports initiative”.
The Acting Deputy Commissioner said the Fiji Police Force is working closely with the Fiji Football Association in ensuring a drug free tournament and all those found in breach will be dealt with according to the law.
“We want to ensure all sports are drug free.”
“You know we can also charge you for the usage of drugs and if players are found positive from the tests done by Fiji FA, we will not hesitate to lay charges” said Nair.
He urged all Police officers who are part of the 2020 Courts IDC to be advocates in the ongoing fight against drugs.
“Because the sport of soccer has a solid support system and fan base made up of people from all walks of life, I hope that you will continue to pass on the message to everyone involved in the sport in that you need to be positive ambassadors of the sport and be good role models for our young generation.”