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The new IDC low The new IDC low It's a crying shame that the glamor of the Inter District Championship football is slowly becoming a thing of the past.


The premier tournament that was once coined as the single biggest event on the sporting calendar and one that drew an enormous hype to fanfare is today gasping for survival.


The weekend tournament is a testament to the plummeting interest shown by the districts.  And add to the misery was Suva’s last-minute withdrawal from the championship.


The 2017 IDC has been a new low for the FSLGV as the tournament that held so high in the realms of Fijian football lacked competition with just four remaining district teams.

The day one round robin matches absolutely made no sense for the four teams as per equation the four had already made it to the semifinals.

The match-ups could’ve been decided out of the hat’ on Saturday without the four teams' having to break a sweat.

In hind-side, what was an eight to ten team extravaganza of the 90s to early 2000s, this years' tournament could only be termed as the worst IDC on record.

The tournament depletion must be shouldered by FSLGV, for they've failed to inject a thrilling interest by rolling out some sort of fortunes for the great spectacle.

They also continue to ignore the cost borne factor for the weekend tournament and to file that guilt notion that the IDC is all about pride is preposterous in this modern day and age.

And if so, why aren't the League and the Knockout championships played on similar parallels?

One should look at countries like New Zealand and Australia, where IDC is played over prize money and with even a better sense of acclamation and feeling, likewise, there is a dire need for prize money to attract more participation and garner competition. 

But this is surely the point at which the governance must consider its commitment to both its reputation and its stated wish to involve many more teams for the game – and for the players and spectators.

Is it an aspiration, airily brushed aside when other imperatives beckon, or a guiding principle? If it is the latter, the game's masters must uphold it, not as a vindictive act against the message.

The current position sends a dispiriting message far beyond football.

It says institutions should pursue progressive change even if it means spending a few dollars, but with FSLGV, its only when it costs nothing would they change.

This attitude blights the efforts of those who campaign for success.

The teams cannot remedy all the leagues' ills, the league must lead, and it must do it now.

Recent years have been a test of mettle. So far, it has failed.


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