FASANOC VOA Champs Advocate At Youth League
FASANOC’s Voices of the Athletes (VOA) were part of the Vodafone Youth League which was launched at the Fiji Football Association headquarters in Suva today.
The Vodafone Youth League which kicked off today involved Under 19 and Under 16 Players from Navua, Suva, Tailevu North, Rewa, Nasinu and Tailevu/Naitasiri.
FASANOC's VOA Coordinator Jeegar Bhasvar and VOA Champions advocated on issues including Non-Communicable Diseases, Anti-Doping, HIV/AIDS and Environmental issues to over 160 athletes and officials.
17-year-old Ashneet Chand from Tailevu Naitasiri said he had learnt a lot from the VOA stations that he visited.
“Something’s we take for granted so it was good to learn from these athletes about issues like the environment and drug testing,” he said.
“The best thing I learnt today was my environment and how important it was for me as an athlete to look after it.”
Ashneet said sometimes he would cast rubbish anywhere without thought of how it was damaging the environment.
“But after seeing some of the pictures and listening to Matelita now I know that I have been contributing to pollution and this should stop,” he said.
Ashneet said they also learnt about HIV/AIDS and how it affected a lot of athletes.
“One of the presenters said that if we did not know about issues like drugs and drug testing it could damage our chances of representing Fiji or even playing in the future.”
15-year-old Walusio Gauna who is representing Navua said drug testing was something new he learnt.
“The presenter was good because she told us how important it was to know about drugs and drug testing because if we did not know we might not be able to play and then pay a heavy fine,” he said.
“I also learnt that we as athletes have rights and responsibilities and it was important to know them when representing our team.”
Mr Bhasvar said FASANOC VOA was thankful to Fiji Football for allowing the programme to be a part of their Vodafone Youth League Launch.
“Advocating to these young athletes makes it easier because as they get older they are aware of their rights and responsibilities and other issues that our VOA champions are advocating on.”