|Posted on October 5, 2019 at 12:55 AM|
Jamaica has been undergoing some severe weather conditions lately which has led to an increase in flood reports and road damages. Most notably though are the reports of football players being hit by lightning over the course of the last two weeks. This is quite serious and it doesn't seem as if it is being considered as such.
Jamaica places high importance on Football, it is praised and revered and a huge part of the culture and lifestyle. However, without players there can be no game. Shouldn't the lives of the players be held at a higher standard than the game itself. I believe that ISSA needs to postpone all games until the weather permits. Whether it takes two weeks or a month or two months, the games should be postponed until Jamaica is in the clear in terms of the inclement weather we have been experiencing.
Many persons will not agree but they need to think about the situation. Some of the players are still hospitalized following the incidents. Read below for two news stories about the lightening strikes and then share your thoughts with me. Let me know if you believe these occurances warrants the postponement of the football season or if you believe these are one off situations. Is it a case that they aren't monumental enough to see the football season being postponed? Are there suitable safety measures in place such as lightning detectors?
According to Jamaica Observer:
A Jamaica College (JC) player has been rushed to hospital after a bolt of lightning struck during their ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup fixture against Wolmer's Boys' School at Stadium East a short while ago.
The player, Terrence Francis, was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI).
It is understood that the incident occurred in the 84th minute of the contest, when four players collapsed — two from each team.
Referee Karl Tyrell called off the contest and the four players were attended to, but Francis's condition appeared more serious.
Jamaica College's Head Coach Davion Ferguson confirmed the unfortunate situation and told Jamaica Observer Online that the JC second player later complained of chest pains and was prepped to be taken to the hospital, also.
The article ends here.
According to Loop News:
Another student was rushed to hospital after being struck by lightning at an ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup Group A match on Tuesday between Haile Selassie High School and the visiting Cumberland High.
The incident happened minutes after the game was called off in the first half as a result of heavy rain.
Competitions Officer of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), George Forbes confirmed the incident. However, Forbes could not say whether the affected student was a player.
"I have received a report that a student was struck by lightning while sitting on a chair," Forbes said.
Just two weeks ago, five players were affected in a similar incident at a Group F Manning game between Wolmer's Boys and Jamaica College at the Stadium East Field.
Two players - one each from both schools - were taken to hospital in that incident.
The article ends here.
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