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Duo Tested Positive

Duo Tested Positive
Apisai Sesewa of Dreketi goes for goal against Labasa at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on May 18, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga
May 19
11:00 2017

Two players drug tested at the Vodafone Fiji FACT competition tested positive for allegedly using illegal substances.

Two players from each district were picked at random after the Dreketi -Labasa game at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

This was confirmed by Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf as this is the first time anti-doping tests are being performed at the tournament.

Yusuf said they will not release the names of the two players or which district they are from until the presidents of each district is contacted and notified.

The two players have been immediately suspended from competition and will be retested in six weeks.

“In January, districts were warned that we will be going down hard on people who have had this bad habit of taking drugs, mainly marijuana” Yusuf said.

“We conducted a test on two Ba players, two Nadi players and all four were negative. I wrote a letter to Nadi and Ba and they were informed and I congratulated them.

“In the second match we tested two players each from Dreketi and Labasa and unfortunately two players were tested positive for illegal substances.

“They have been banned immediately and I have yet to inform the president of their district and as soon as we do that we will inform the media of which district the players are from.

“We will be constantly picking two players from each team throughout this tournament and have them tested. They have six weeks to prove themselves that they are negative when they are tested again.”

Two players are picked at random at halftime and need to give urine samples which are tested by Vanmed Labs Fiji.

Meanwhile, Fiji FA acting president Yogeshwar Singh said Day One of the tournament has been a success with more than 4000 fans attending the tournament.

“It was a very successful first day, we were worried for a bit about the weather because there was a lot of rain but the ground was good,” Singh said.

“We are happy with the turn out, there is in excess of 4500 and for a Thursday that’s a good number.

“We hope by Saturday and Sunday the crowd will turn up in numbers to witness spectacular football.”

The Vodafone FIJI FACT continues tomorrow.

Edited by  Osea Bola

justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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