THE EDITOR, Sir:
I refer to The Gleaner's editorial 'What policymakers might learn from athletics' (August 15, 2013).
Athletics is largely individual participation along with some team activity. Jamaica's achievements stand out mostly on the performances of individuals, although of late, the team aspects are on the improve.
If athletes are seen as the equivalent of the manufacturing and production sectors, and team activity of the economy, it may be easy to grasp why Jamaica is now out of the medals and has to resort to 'supplements' by the International Monetary Fund.
Elite athletes have great self-motivation and the burning desire to win and keep winning. They like the top tier on that podium and will train hard to achieve. Much of their performance is their own work, along with the coach providing some guidance and regimen to stay on track. Such are Usain and Shelly.
How many companies can be said to be like Usain or Shelly, evidenced by consistent growth and performance? A handful! Many are more like Asafa!
Over the last decade, the relay teams have done well because of the combination of the individual performances, with a goal of winning and bringing glory to Jamaica, which they represent with great pride.
The entities that are the productive forces have underperformed individually, despite the best efforts by successive governments, so when combined, what can be expected of the economy?
The IMF 'supplements' were devised and administered as the best elixir to improve the economy. For this to be successful, companies must commit to produce more despite high energy cost. They put too much effort into complaining.