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Ban vuvuzelas from public events

Published:Tuesday | May 10, 2016 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I was pleased to read in one of your newspapers last week that the organisers of the Jamaica International Invitational track and field meet, which took place last Saturday, had banned the dreaded vuvuzelas from the National Stadium. This dangerous nuisance has taken over the sporting world, and several major competitions have had to ban them from their venues because of the nuisance and health risks they cause.

What has surprised me is that ISSA, which runs Boys and Girls' Champs and other competitions, has not seen it fit to ban them for health reasons. The noise created by vuvuzelas is damaging to the ear, and I can attest to this as I have been affected. I have stopped going to major events at the National Stadium for that reason.

Whenever I attended an event there, I had earaches, and was advised by a physician that the best thing to do was to avoid the nuisance. Thousands of our young people inflict damage to themselves and their colleagues regularly, and it has amazed me that no one has seen it fit or had the courage to take action until now.

Not only the schools, but the ministries of health and education, should take notice and do something about this menace to health very quickly.

LEROY A. BROWN

Kingston 19