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Old July 1st, 2019, 06:56 AM
Jangle Jangle is offline
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Oral Tracey | Rules are rules, but at what cost?

It is pretty much the general consensus that the current version of the false-start rule in athletics is both unreasoned and unreasonable. The zero tolerance one-strike-and-you-are-out rule is not just unjust and irrational, but it is generally bad for the sport, especially the sprints, which it understandably affects more.

With that as a premise, I can now delve into what turned out to be the embarrassing and now spiralling fiasco involving 2015 100m hurdles World champion Danielle Williams. Opinions on this issue are generally split sharply between the self-righteous, self-serving sticklers for the rules and the rational, pragmatic realists.

The other salient point of reference must be the fact that despite the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures National Senior and Junior Athletics Championships essentially being trails for the selection of the various national teams, it is a Jamaican organised and staged event, manned by Jamaican officials with Jamaican athletes competing for the privilege to represent their country in international competition.

It is therefore quite befuddling that the former World champion, having transgressed so marginally, with reasonable explanation, is being chastised and almost crucified with such vicious finality by her very own countrymen. The chief starter, who just happens to be a senior official of the JAAA, entrusted with the requisite discretionary powers to simply apply some common and nationalistic sense to the situation, chose not to as the situation spiralled from an instance of simple human error to an elevated stage for self-aggrandisement and moral grandstanding.
Hey .. look at the bright side .... at least you're not a Liverpool fan! - Lazie 2/24/10 Paul Marin -19 is one thing, 20 is a whole other matter. It gets even worse if they win the UCL. *groan*. 05/18/2011.MU fans naah cough, but all a unuh a vomit?-Lazie 1/11/2015
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