“It must be remembered that the Sports were not held in 1944 as the Headmasters felt a break might cool down the enthusiasm that had shown itself in the past.” That’s the explanation given in a book on the first 60 years of Boys’ Championships by Sir Herbert McDonald for the cancellation of the event in 1944. Things are different now, and, despite the agitation that prevails as the “Sports” approaches this time around, no such measure is desirable or anticipated. However, with a dispute blowing in the wind, the need to cool down is as pressing now as it was in 1944. Perhaps the members of the Headmasters Association of 1944 might have cancelled Boys and Girls’ Championships this year given the heated arguments regarding the eligibility of a student from Kingston College. Their present-day counterparts have much more on the table. Champs is the sport that helps the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) fund those others who have no sponsor. Athletics, football, and cricket are all taken care of, but the others only survive because Champs is a financial success. Sports like table tennis and volleyball teach many student-athletes the value of hard work and team spirit while affording them opportunities to gain scholarships. Champs is a major reason why those so-called minor sports are contested at the secondary-school level. Without Champs, those sports would be crippled. In 2002, the Government of Jamaica helped to alleviate this burden when Champs was held away from the National Stadium at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. The move was forced by the resurfacing of the stadium track for the World Junior Championships. With just a handful of spectators accommodated at the college, the Government stepped in to help. The financial constraints of 2017 suggest that no such help would be possible today. Yet, the current state of unrest is unhealthy. Regardless of their opinion of the eligibility ruling, the fans on each side of the divide have to take a step back. Boycotts have their place as a tool of protest, but they hurt as much as they help. Not only are fans denied of seeing the best against the best, but athletes from the absentee teams must watch as others take their spot on the top of the podium. Outgoing seniors and defending champions lose their chance to stake a final claim to greatness. Instead, they sit on the outside looking in. It hurts when you lose in what you consider to be a matter of principle, but boycotts hurt everybody more. This is why the real solution is calm. This is why it is time to settle down. – Hubert Lawrence managed to get into G.C. Foster College for Champs 2002. LESS-SUPPORTED SPORTS
Three months after charges were dropped against former Cadet Officer Frenz Paul for shooting 15-year-old Alex Griffith during a game of Russian roulette over four years ago, he is back in hot water after he allegedly threatened to shoot his wife with an unlicensed firearm.Based on reports received, the ex-Police was arrested on Monday morning by Police ranks attached to the Ruimveldt Police Station after his reputed wife made a report against him.A source told Guyana Times that Paul cocked the gun and placed it to the woman’s head during an argument in the wee hours of Monday.Upon making the report, a team of Police ranks went to the couple’s SecondCadet Officer Frenz PaulStreet, Alexander Village, Georgetown home and conducted a search during which a .32 pistol with 13 live rounds were found with a single bullet in the breech.The officer was subsequently held at the Georgetown Public Hospital where he sought medical attention for an injured right hand. He told investigators that during the fracas, he struck the hand to a concrete wall. He also reportedly admitted ownership of the illegal firearm with ammunition.The suspect is presently awaiting decision of his re-instatement following the discharging of the charges with regards to the shooting of the teen. That decision rests solely with the Police Service Commission, the Police Force stated in a release to the media.It was reported that on April 30, 2014, the teenager was at a friend’s home when aThe gun and ammunition that was handed over to the Police by the suspectsister of the ex-Policeman was robbed just outside the house. Soon after, several Police ranks appeared at his East La Penitence Squatting area home to question him on the identities of the robbers.During the interrogation, Paul and the then 15-year-old teen had a scuffle during which Griffith allegedly attempted to relieve the Policeman of his weapon. It was then a shot was fired, and the young man was struck.The injured teen was placed into a Police van and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital. The matter was reported and Paul was placed under close arrest. He was subsequently charged. Those charges were later discharged.Meanwhile, with the present issue at hand, investigations are ongoing.