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Kariko: It’s a great honour to be part of the world game

A proud Kariko said the message was clear that world soccer’s governing body wanted to work with independent people across the globe.

“It is a great honour to be a part of the game on the world stage, and to have an input in its governance not just for me, but for the country to be recognised is special,” Kariko said.

“I especially thank the PNGFA and president David Chung for the opportunity that he granted me to become a part of the world game.”

Kariko’s involvement in soccer began two years ago when he helped the PNGFA with the customs process for its equipment and uniforms. That eventually led to Chung’s invitation to become part of the world game.“David (Chung) gave me the invitation and I saw and took the opportunity,” Kariko, who is Deputy Secretary – Legal Policy and Justice Administration in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General, said.

“Being involved for most of my life with rugby union as a player and in administration, it has been a challenge worth taking.” His initial appointment was announced in December 2011 when Oceania secretary-general Tai Nicholas visited the country. Kariko attended his first FIFA Ethics Committee meeting early this year.

“It was at the initial meeting that all members agreed for two effective and separate committees in the Ethics Committee and this was brought to the executive committee for approval.

“It was approved and will come into force on July 25,” the 34-year-old said.

The two committees formed were the Investigatory and Adjudicatory Chambers. The committees are responsible for the investigation and decision-making into problem areas of the game like match-fixing, kickbacks, conduct, funding, and racial discrimination.

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