Fol­low all safety rules, fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials told

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS - SIMIONE HAR­A­VANUA Edited by Leone Cabenatabu­a

Fol­low all safety pro­to­cols or face the con­se­quences of com­pe­ti­tion be­ing stopped by rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.

This was the warn­ing given to sport­ing fed­er­a­tions that re­ceived their Sport Safe Fiji ac­cred­i­ta­tion yes­ter­day.

The sports are Shoot­ing, Bil­liards and Snooker, Judo, Special Olympics, Rugby League, Chess, Mo­tor Sports, Hockey and Touch Rugby. Speak­ing to SUNs­ports Fiji Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Peter Mazey stressed the im­por­tance of get­ting cer­ti­fied. “It is very im­por­tant to get cer­ti­fied and most im­por­tantly the sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion,” he said. “It is very sim­ple fol­low the guide­lines and rules so you can con­duct sport­ing com­pe­ti­tions if not then you are not able to.

“A les­son that we’ve learned from the sport­ing bod­ies that have re­ceived their ac­cred­i­ta­tion is that the most im­por­tant thing is not just get­ting the cer­tifi­cate.”

“You have to reach out to the mem­bers of your fed­er­a­tions and telling them what the pro­to­cols are so that is the most im­por­tant thing.” Mazey said re­cently they re­ceived con­cerns from the West and the North but they have looked into it.

He added that get­ting cer­ti­fied also opened up some new op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“One thing that Govern­ment has done is that with­out cer­ti­fi­ca­tion you can’t get cred­its for any fund­ing,” he added.

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