The Fiji Football Association will introduce a new policy on drug testing, in an attempt to clamp down on cheats.
Association Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Yusuf says this has been approved in the ‘Board of Control Meeting’.
“This is because in every major tournament, players have been tested positive for drugs,” Yusuf says.
“And for us as an association, we will do all we can to keep the sport clean.”
Yusuf adds that the Fiji Football Association will now start imposing fines on districts if they do not keep the sport clean.
“Football Districts will face heavy fines if any of their players are tested positive for drugs in future,” he says.
“Five players were tested positive for drugs during the pool games of the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants tournament recently, thus the need to introduce this new policy on drug testing in an attempt to clamp down on cheats.
“It will cost the Association thousands of dollars, but we are determined to uphold the highest standards of integrity and will bring in other new proposals to tackle incidents that blight the game.”
Five players have been tested so far, three of which were first time offenders.