ACTING Commissioner of Police Ravi Narayan is the first recipient of the Fiji Football Association platinum anniversary medal.
ACP Narayan was awarded the medal during the start of the Fiji FA 75th anniversary celebrations at the Carnival Park in Lautoka on Saturday where he was the chief guest.
He said this year's IDC marked an era of Fiji FA's achievements over the years.
"The journey since 1938 has been a tough and long one," ACP Narayan said in his address.
"Sustaining anything in life is a challenge. To know that soccer has survived 75 years under the association in our beloved country is not an easy task.
"It is a time for celebration to remember those who have come and gone. Celebrate the love of the sport. It unites everyone in a healthy competition."
Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel said they would honour players and officials who dedicated their lives to the parent body during the week with the platinum medals.
Former Fiji and Ba captain Vimlesh Singh launched the 75th year history book during the opening ceremony.
The author of the book, Doctor Mohit Prasad, said it contained many facts people were not aware of.
"How many people know that there was a team in the 1950s which used to do the Haka before their game?" Dr Prasad said.
"How many would know that three players have scored winning goals in consecutive IDC finals and two of them are from Lautoka?
"The book has many interesting facts. It has all the facts and figures in terms of records of soccer played under Fiji FA's banner since it started in 1938."
The book will be on sale at Churchill Park during the IDC.