Plans in place to include sports injuries under No Fault Scheme
July 13, 2018 1:20 am
The assurance for local athletes to be compensated for any life threatening injury sustained during their career is a step away from reality.
Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has revealed plans are in progress to include sports injuries under the new No Fault Scheme.
With rugby injuries being one of the familiar site in the local sporting arena, Sayed-Khaiyum says the government has taken this step to protect players and their families.
“I still remember the days when we were at Marist, one of the seniors was playing rugby against Suva Grammar School and he went into the scrum and never got up again, somebody snapped his neck, so these sorts of incidents do happen, if we actually care for families, if we care for these young people of ours, we need to put in place mechanisms.”
The No Fault scheme will allow players who are injured to receive compensation without having to prove fault.
Sayed-Khaiyum says they are currently looking for some form of revenue to attach it with this initiative so that it can be possible.
He says government will also have to ensure that whatever is introduced is done on the basis of sustainability.