“Why do people go to the extent to cheat to win sporting events?”
Audio English.net Dictionary definition of cheating is stated as: The noun cheating has 1 sense: – A deception for profit to yourself – an act of deceiving.
The adjective cheating has 2 senses – (we will deal with the one that is in keeping with the topic) – Violating accepted standards of rule – unsportsmanlike, unsporting, cheating, foul, dirty etc.
In all my years of being associated with football in Guyana (and that is a long time) I have not seen so much of disqualification in a football tournament as was going on in the Digicel School Football Tournament.
Teams play overage player, team play player who has not attended school since last year, team plays player who is working and the list goes on and on.
Mr Editor, and do you know who is the culprit, the TEACHER, the same person who thousands of parents entrust their children for the majority of their youthful life to charter a future. Can you imagine what transpires in the class room, I shudder to even think of it.
What can motivate a teacher/coach to go to that extent to violate the rules to win a trophy and some medals? How will the children react when they hear that they play a game win it and then they lose it because of a teacher/coach breaching the rules. One of the issues that are mind boggling is that many of these same children are aware of the rules that are being broken and because Sir condones it they go along with it. Are we guiding these children along the correct path?
A player who turns 20 this year turns up at a ground to play all clad in school pants, school shirt and even haversack, and the competition is U18 and the teacher and the Digicel rep is having a heated discussion with regards to the player eligibility. A Senior High School is disqualified for playing an over-aged player and this school should always be the beacon of excellence. Another school is down about 8 nil and they had protested the winning team had an over-age player in their mist and to crown it off they too put on an over-age player, the end result, both teams disqualified. Mr Editor the list goes on and on.
It is my view that the Ministry of Education should get involve and discipline those teachers who seriously violate the competition rules, Minister Priya Manichand and CEO Olato Sam please take note.
All the world is watching at Guyana to see how we treat these serious infractions, we can’t let this end just like this because others will try in the future.
The organisers should debar the school (what a pity) for the next 2 tournaments, people got to know football (sports) is serious business and cheats must be eliminated. Every time such negative news hits the press, football is being maligned and sponsors hold back their dollars.
Will Rogers once said; “Live your life so that you would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.”
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