Tuisawau calls for probe

The late Monika Koroidrekelevu. Picture: SUPPLIED

FORMER Fiji Rugby Union president and patron of Rewa Rugby Union, Ro Filipe Tuisawau has called for an investigation in the death a Nadroga women’s player, Monika Koroidrekelevu.

Tuisawau, in a statement, paid tribute to the late rep, her family and the Nadroga Rugby Union.

“It is with sadness and regret that we learn of the untimely and unfortunate passing of woman rugby player Monika Koroidrekelevu,” said Tuisawau.

“I express my sincere condolences to her family, relatives, friends and the Nadroga Rugby Union.”

He called on the relevant ministries to conduct a thorough investigation into the 19-year old’s death to avoid such incidents in the near future when women’s rugby has just gained a huge following both in primary and secondary schools.

“I am calling of the Ministry of Sports to initiate an inquiry into how her case was handled from the injury management on the day, the role of officials, follow up, her continuing to train while injured, the handling by doctors and Ministry of Health, role of the Fiji Rugby Union.

“It is not to punish or vilify anyone but it is very important to identify where we failed Monika and to take appropriate measures to ensure that future cases are handled well.

“She suffered a serious spinal injury and it is our collective responsibility to ensure that we learn from what happened for the safety and well-being of our sports people. Monika is gone now but her passing must not be in vain.”

Tuisawau called on Government and relevant authorities to include sports injuries for compensation to aid Koroidrekelevu’s family.

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