The Soloist, Contributor
Anne Shirley has her fellow comrades and the sporting world in a tizzy following her 'revelations' last week. When the dust settles, there will be more bad blood flowing in her direction than is available at the national blood transfusion facility. I am sure she is feeling no pain, having, achieved her goal.
On the other hand, there is something to be said about people who run to foreigners to 'mud up' Jamaica. But I will not judge her ... yet, or question her motives/sincerity. Having read the article and listened to her interview on radio last week, I am more than a tad convinced she is speaking the truth. As for questioning her timing, You don't drop a bombshell in a soundproof room. She did it at the right time ... after Moscow, we were all just about ready to return to a euphoric state of forgetfulness in the face of recent positive drug tests in top athletes who had to miss those games. Her article reminds us that 'it ain't over'.
Whether true or false, the timing is perfect. I am happy with it. You see, I did not enjoy the Moscow games at all. After the recent positive drug test in some of our top athletes, I was a nervous wreck as I watched the races. I was happy with the wins, but I kept waiting to hear about more positive drug tests. I am still waiting and I will still be waiting until the Anti-Doping Commission does its job and does it with the level of efficiency that will force sceptics like myself to eat crow. Clean up the 'mess' and stop the blame game.
I have told you in these columns before that we do have a National Denial Association, in this country. The Anne Shirley article proves it. Those who are in a position to clean house as well as the National Idlers Association, comprising callers to all talk shows daily, have been making the rounds to ridicule Shirley. Some comments have been downright nasty. We just don't like honesty in anyone; we would rather gloss over the facts than confront them before they become big, stinking sores.
The thing to do immediately is dismantle the present anti-doping board and clean house. I know we know what's wrong and where it's wrong. I want to be able to freely celebrate when our athletes do well. I don't want to read a headline that we were stripped of medals. I don't want permanent bans for any of them. Worst of all, I don't want any foreigners coming here and deciding the future of our athletes for us. I don't know what the hell is wrong with us ... it's the same thing for every sphere of our lives - we hide from the truth only have it come back to haunt us.
Till then, I say, good job, Anne Shirley. Keep on having the courage to stick to your convictions and speak your mind.
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