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Buying of student athletes should be curtailed

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I am in total agreement with Lascelves Graham in his article 'Fight against athlete importation', published in The Sunday Gleaner of May 20, 2012.

I, however, know that some will argue that Jamaica is a democratic society and that one is free to attend whichever school one feels to attend.

Having said that, I believe that in order for the buying/bribing of athletes to be curtailed, some control mechanism must be put in place. This will, in some way, curtail the coaches who exploit these children and their parents for personal gains.

I was in dialogue with a colleague, and she said the positives far outweigh the negatives in the buying of athletes. I believe that some research must be done so as to ascertain whether it benefits student athletes or adversely affects them. Whatever decision is made, the student athlete must be the better!