Caught between the law and dreams
During the past weeks I have been following up on the discussion concerning Kingston College’s newly acquired Ugandan athlete Aryamanya Rodgers who, according to Jamaica Observer reports, found it difficult to travel to Jamaica, not because of funding, but rather due to travel issues which caused him to be delayed for the new academic year for both school and sports.
Sadly, I know well of these situations, especially when working with missionaries from as far as Poland, Philippines, Uganda, and Kenya, who have left family and homeland to serve our people here in Jamaica and had to encounter travel ordeals while seeking a flight through Germany to Montego Bay.
However, the argument against allowing Rodgers to participate in the upcoming boys’ championships is that, according to the law/rule of Inter-secondary Schools’ Sports Association: "An athlete must be registered before September 30 in order to participate in the championships."
While rules are there to govern us so as to ensure everything goes well, we must also practise prudence and charity, especially in the field of sports, and knowing well of the situation young Rodgers went through so as to seek after his dreams in the land of great athletes.
I am not saying that we should relax the rule or throw it out but rather, in a situation like Rodgers’, we should extend the hand of mercy where it is indeed needed. We must also be aware that participating in Champs is something that happens once in our youthful years to bring glory to our respective schools, and indeed ourselves. In the spirit of Champs, in the spirit of charity and youthfulness, I therefore ask those who oppose Rodgers’ participation to allow him to foster such dreams so that they can become reality in the land of possibilities.
Roger R Goodwill
Roman Catholic seminarian
Archdiocese of Kingston