26th September 06:37 AM
10 soccer players tested positive for marijuana in the first two major soccer tournaments
By Vijay Narayan, Dhanjay Deo and Naveel Krishant
Wednesday 11/10/2017

Ten soccer players have tested positive for marijuana in the first two major soccer tournaments for the year after the Fiji Football Association started random marijuana tests this year.

During the Vodafone Fiji FACT, 9 players had tested positive for marijuana from 36 random tests while in the Inkk Mobile BOG there were about 53 random tests conducted and one player had tested positive for marijuana use.

The ten players were suspended for a month and were cleared to play again when the next test came back negative after a month.

Fijivillage has received information that some soccer players were smoking marijuana and then playing for their districts.

They had gotten away with this in the past as there were no tests.

We have also received confirmation that some districts are now conducting marijuana tests for all their players before the major soccer tournaments.

Random marijuana tests were conducted on 32 players on the first day of the Courts IDC yesterday.

Fiji FA Chief Executive Officer Mohammed Yusuf says one player tested positive and has been suspended indefinitely until the Fiji FA Board makes the final decision regarding the player in November.

Yusuf says they are currently testing for marijuana and they are also aiming to test for other drugs in the future.

Tests for methamphetamine will start in the near future.

He says if the players test positive then they would be subjected to disciplinary action and the district would also face fines.

Yusuf says they have warned the districts and the players and he is sure they will comply.

Meanwhile, in today's Courts IDC matches, Labasa will face Dreketi at 2pm, Suva will play Nadi at 4pm, Lautoka will play Tavua at 6pm while Ba will take on Rewa at 8pm.

You can catch the live commentaries of the Labasa Dreketi, Suva Nadi and Ba Rewa matches on Radio Sargam.

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