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Boxers Warned to Stay Away from Drugs

“Boxers have to watch what they eat and drink; they must stay away from drugs,” he added. 
07 Nov 2023 17:40
Boxers Warned to Stay Away from Drugs
From left: Rakuro Dauvavana, promoter Alan Kumar and Masing Warawara in Nadi on November 3, 2023. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Boxers who are tested positive for drugs will be punished for it.

This was revealed yesterday by Boxing Commission of Fiji (BCF) chairman, Adi Narayan, who has indicated that they are serious about cleaning-up the sport.

“This has been the story the past years, boxers taking drugs before stepping into the ring,” Narayan said.

Narayan indicated that when the new BCF board of directors took over they hired VanMed Lab a qualified and registered company to conduct tests.

“We do it randomly. We conduct two tests, one is done before the fight and if the boxer is tested positive, we conduct the second test straight after the fight. If the boxer is still positive then we’ll make a decision on it.”

He said this was what happened last Saturday, when welterweight boxer Rakuro Dauvavana went through the protocol and was tested positive.

“The matter was brought to me so I had to reverse the decision by awarding the fight to Masing Warawara of Vanuatu,” Narayan added.

The no-nonsense administrator said they have to comply with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Boxers have to watch what they eat and drink; they must stay away from drugs,” he added.



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