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Don’t hold Champs on Sabbath

Published:Monday | April 6, 2015 | 11:02 PMRay Allen


This is an open letter to ISSA and the education minister.

There are many students in Jamaica who are disenfranchised because of the times and days on which Boys and Girls Championships takes place. Jamaica is a religious country and many people do worship on Saturday, the Sabbath.

Many students affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and other organisations of faith that observe the Sabbath as their day of worship are not able to participate in the athletics festival.

There may be students who wish that the days of Champs be changed so they could join the others and get a chance to jump, run, or just sit in the stands. Bolt, for example, was brought up in the SDA Church. If he had stayed true to his beliefs, Jamaica would not have seen his greatness.

I am, therefore, asking that the organisers rethink this great event and hold Champs from Monday to Thursday in order to include all our Jamaican students. Give every child a chance to showcase his or her talent.


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