Fiji FA in advanced stages of resumption of sporting activities

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The Fiji Football Association is in the advanced stage of the Framework for the Resumption of Sports and Recreational Activities in Fiji policy which was launched by Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar Bala on Thursday.

Footballing’s parent body already achieved 100 per cent first dose vaccination for all its registered players and officials last month and is on course to hit the fully vaccination (two doses) target by the end of this month.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf said they would submit their return to sporting safe protocol documents in line with the Level A (Red), Level B (Amber) and Level C (Green) guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to the relevant authorities.

“We were the first to take up the baton and run in terms of vaccination,” Yusuf said.

“But what has been done now is starting the process from scratch for everybody whereas we have achieved 100 per cent vaccination for the first dose and over 80 per cent for the second dose.”

One of the major concerns for the Fiji FA is the national team’s preparations for the Oceania Football Confederation qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Yusuf said they needed to start off their preparations as soon as possible with the OFC qualifiers to be held early next year.

“All the national team squad members are fully vaccinated,” he said.

“So we are much in advance of the process that has been laid out. We will have indicated the resumption of our competitions behind closed doors.

“This means that there will be no spectators at the venues and we are hoping for a positive response.”

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