Should Football Season Be Postponed Due To Lightning Strikes?

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. 

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. 

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Reply Johnnylove3
9:33 PM on October 10, 2019 
Not safe n ppl safety is first .great article
Reply Kayla
8:30 PM on October 10, 2019 
this reminds me of being in a call center...nuh care what happens to the ppl. work continues. such a damn shame
Reply shae
8:21 PM on October 10, 2019 
Yeah most definitely this is pretty dangerous. they could have all died
Reply Jeng
8:15 PM on October 10, 2019 
you make good points but I believe they simply need to not have matches when the weather is awful , like cloudy and rainy
Reply Nick
8:05 PM on October 10, 2019 
if this was my child they would never play another match
Reply Tequilla
7:49 PM on October 10, 2019 
I doubt there are any measures in place. Jamaica is so behind the times.
Reply Tami
7:49 PM on October 10, 2019 
I've never liked the sport so I can give an unbiased opinion. I've read the reports and they definitely need to make some changes. WOrst the players are in the hospital still. these are ppls kids
Reply Shawna
7:49 PM on October 10, 2019 
lightening strike anuh sum simple enuh. its like a sign from god. so many instances.
Reply Ray
7:43 PM on October 10, 2019 
Queen you are onto something here. As much as I love the sport way too many players have been getting injured.
Reply Lexy Mc
7:42 PM on October 10, 2019 
I share your sentiments, obviously what they have in place is not working. Over 10 players in a matter of two weeks. Immediate action needs to be taken
Reply Ramon
7:42 PM on October 10, 2019 
YOu know what you can do is make a petition and get it signed
Reply Grace
7:38 PM on October 10, 2019 
When I watched the video online of the two players getting hit at the same time it hit me to the core, such a crazy thing to have happen
Reply S. H
7:35 PM on October 10, 2019 
when it comes to sports the game is more important than the players. they can be replaced right.
Reply Lacky
7:31 PM on October 10, 2019 
Wow i'm with you on this. something needs to be done. they might justhave to cancel the season. hopefully this post makes it to some bigger heads
Reply Nadine
7:31 PM on October 10, 2019 
maybe they dont have to go as far as cancelling the whole season but they definitely need to look into implementing better protocols when the weather is bad
Reply Ms Kitty
7:31 PM on October 10, 2019 
the lives of the boys should come first unfortunately this isnt so
Reply Tony
7:25 PM on October 10, 2019 
I watched the news and saw the incident. They are not going to be making any amends to the current policies. It was just good that the ref called the match off before it got worst
Reply Sabrina
7:25 PM on October 10, 2019 
lol sorry but this is a funny are talking the truth but nuff ppl nah go support you
Reply Mr Readalot
7:22 PM on October 10, 2019 
I love this sport the players need to be held at a higher regard. safety measures need to be addressed
Reply K
5:12 PM on October 10, 2019 
This post not gonna go over well with dare u come after Jamaica's top sport.dwl. but real ting it's becoming dangerous.somthing needs to be done