Mon | Nov 30, 2020

Donald Quarrie cannot lead virtually

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:08 AM


I heard Oral Tracy speaking in ‘Sports Commentary’ rejecting of any form of virtual voting for the impending leadership of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA). Wouldn’t we be making retrograde steps instead of advancing? Coach Lennox Graham and former sprinter Donald Quarrie, a man I have admired in my early years in the 1970s, is trying to embrace such a supposition.

Although this timeless Olympian would have been my first choice in the search for an effective leader. Surely, he knows the ramifications of the system; but certainly, I would reject him, if I were one of those voters, in the best interest of Jamaican athletics due to his belief of leading the JAAA virtually.

Virtual leadership voting will not reap much benefit to us, with an absentee management strategy looking straight into our eyes. We cannot even anticipate or imagine the type of chaos this type of leadership might create.

I don’t know what the take on this development is, but I seize the opportunity to speak definitively, about the hands-on leadership system all of us have been anticipating. Although I am not a Luddite, I think physical presence to lead organisation is important. It is clear that if Mr Quarrie chooses to reside in California and lead, we will bid goodbye to our long and illustrious history at the Olympics and the World Athletics Championships. Without delay, we have to look at the pros and cons and examine critically the impact an absentee leader would have on our leadership structure. We would have had too much baggage to circumvent all these obstacles with such frivolousness.

Mr Quarrie has a sharp intellect in spite of his years. He would not run the organisation underground if he could be present in Jamaica to serve in the capacity of leader of this 88-year-old body. I implore the great 1976 Olympic 200m champion in Montreal to address this matter of absenteeism urgently if he vehemently wants to be the next president on election day.

He has served on many teams over the years and would have had the requisite technical know-how to advance our cause with precision. Donald Quarrie would be the right man if he relocates to Jamaica to work.