Not the time to think of cancelling Champs - JATAFCA president Riley calls for solutions

By Donald Oliver and Ricardo Chambers September 09, 2020

 President of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association, David Riley, believes that administrators should be focussing on finding solutions to how sports can exist locally during the Covid-19 pandemic and not discussing possible cancellation at this stage.

 In an article published in the Jamaica Gleaner on Sunday September 6, Keith Wellington, the President of the Inter-secondary School's Sports Association, ISSA, said it was a possibility that all sports for the 2020-2021 academic year could be cancelled.

 The body with oversight for high school sports in Jamaica has already cancelled all sports for the Christmas term, which is set to officially start on October 5.

  Riley who coaches at one of the top Corporate Area high schools, Excelsior, however, does not believe it is the time to be focussing on cancellation of all events.

 He believes that too many administrators only have a part-time stake in sporting matters and therefore are less willing to put in the hard work needed to find solutions to the current crisis.

 "So, those persons will make a different kind of decision than persons whose livelihood, whose entire existence is around sport,” Riley told The Commentators.

 "And, we need to demand that a real solution be found to the problem rather than persons making it seem as though it is the world's biggest problem that cannot be solved,” he added.

 Riley also spoke about the possible way forward, and The Commentators explored ways in which some sports especially at the high school level can be held during the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

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