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TJ 7s used as a tool to fight drugs

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, December 10, 2013

THE fight against drugs in the highlands of Navosa continues and a group of people are using sevens rugby as a means of combating the marijuana cultivation and trade.

Emosi Nababuniyaka said some of his siblings have organised the Real TJ 7s tournament which would be played tomorrow and Thursday at the Noikoro District School grounds in Nukuilau, Navosa.

He said they were expecting 32 teams but only 24 had confirmed participation as of yesterday morning.

"We are hoping more teams will confirm their participation by tomorrow afternoon (this afternoon)," Nababuniyaka said.

"Most of the teams have paid their deposit but we will wait for full registration payment to confirm their places."

He said they would use the tournament to promote rugby and try to convince the youths of Navosa to live a life free of marijuana.

"The marijuana problem is still not fixed so we are trying to use sevens rugby as a means to give the youths and men an alternative to drugs.

"Fijians are naturally talented for rugby and it's the sport they love so we want to preach that to the people of Navosa.

"Especially to the youths. We want to tell them that with rugby they can go around Fiji and even overseas but with drugs, you only go to jail."

Nababuniyaka said unlike normal tournaments, theirs would not be held on Friday and Saturday.

"This is because most the teams competing in the tournament are followers of the Seventh-day Adventist faith and for them, Friday is their Sabbath.

"So we want to get them involved in the tournament too and we have moved the tournament to Wednesday and Thursday so that they can also play."