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I respect court action against Tennis Jamaica

Published:Saturday | October 18, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Clarification

We have been contacted by the chairman of Tennis Jamaica, who has indicated that no member of his board wrote the letter captioned ‘I respect court action against Tennis Jamaica – Frustrated board member’, published in The Gleaner of Saturday October 18, 2014.

Our attempts to reach the writer to clarify certain statements have so far been unsuccessful. In these circumstances, given our inability to verify these statements, we apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the publication of this letter.

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The Tennis Jamaica board has come under criticism in recent weeks for our team-selection policies and specifically relating to the picking of the current 12 and under team to an upcoming Masters ITF event in Mexico.

I am a member of the current board and want to state that the board is not unified on this latest controversy and many of us have stood against the decision that we feel to be unfair at best. I have made my position known, as my loyalty to a board is secondary to my integrity and my conscience.

From what I have seen over the years, many on the board sit for their own self-serving reasons and not enough of us do so for the love of the game. I suspect this to be true for other sporting organisations in this country as well.

Truth be told, this latest matter should never have reached the courts, but that is what happens when pride and egos win out over common sense and when persons decide to band together to attempt to defend the indefensible.

I, too, respect - and admire - the stance of the parents involved. Not because I may agree with their position, but because too many of us in Jamaica sit back and suss in the face of perceived injustice, but fail to take a stand.

Regardless of what the courts may rule in this case, I intend to tender my resignation from the board once the dust has settled. Tennis is a glorious game and a passion of mine. When I feel that the board is being run my persons who have the game at heart - and not other self-serving interests - then, and only then, will I be happy to offer my services again.

Frustrated board member