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‘Ice’ threat in football

  The Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) has not ruled out the possibility of players taking other drugs apart from marijuana. Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf made the
30 May 2017 12:08
‘Ice’ threat in football
Fiji Football Association

 

The Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) has not ruled out the possibility of players taking other drugs apart from marijuana.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf made the comment after three players tested positive during the group stage of the Vodafone Fiji FACT at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

“The threat of the consumption of drugs like ‘ice’ is there and that’s why we are trying to clean up the sport,” he said.

“It is a concern that three players have been tested positive for taking marijuana.

“Players used drugs to enhance their performance and players who are caught by FIFA anti-doping testing have been given harsher penalties and may face life bans.

“We are trying to clean-up the sport as there is no place for drugs in football.”

Yusuf said they were not able to detect players consuming other drugs like “Ice’ since they don’t have the equipment.

“The equipment we are using detect illegal substances like marijuana not ‘Ice’. We’ve to get another equipment and we are coordinating with the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) and FIFA.”

Yusuf said players who have been tested positive will be re-tested in six weeks time.

Former national football captain Tagi Vonolagi supported Fiji FA for introducing FIFA anti-doping test to clean-up the sport.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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