It is with dismay that I read a report in the Jamaica Observer, that Dr. Warren Blake the President of the JAAA had stated that there was no chance of Jason Morgan being selected as part of the Jamaican team to the World Championships in Moscow next month. I was also surprised at the arrogance and finality of the words expressed by Dr. Blake.
When one considers that Mr. Morgan is ranked #11 in the world and that twelve persons go through to the final of a field event, it stands to reason that Mr. Morgan has a very good chance of making the final and as we know once you make the final anything is possible. When it is also noted that he is the only Jamaican now eligible to compete in the Discus event at the World Championships, one has got to ask why he is not being selected.
Dr. Blake says that the reasons given by Mr. Morgan for not attending the Trials were not sufficient for him to be included and there is no case to be made for him but I would have thought that if you are a Permanent Resident of the United States and live there with your family and you are given a date for the swearing in ceremony to become a citizen, and it is scheduled in the week of the trials; and as a result, you are without any travel documents because you had to turn in your Green Card before the swearing in ceremony and your American passport would not be ready in time; then Dr. Blake should explain why that is not a good enough reason. And furthermore, Mr. Morgan did advise the JAAA President in writing as to his situation and is not just bringing this matter to their attention after the fact.
In the event that the JAAA think that their position is bolstered by the fact that Mr. Morgan has only attained the “B” standard, albeit that he has thrown 65.94 m which is just 6 cm shy of the “A” standard, it should be noted that this event is not like the 100 m in which there are hundreds of athletes who have attained the “A” standard , and someone who has not attained the “A” standard in the 100 m has as much chance as the proverbial snowball in hell of advancing to a semi-final much less a final; that is not the case in the discuss event otherwise Mr. Morgan could not be ranked #11 with his throw of 65.94 m.
If you have the privilege to lead an organization such as the JAAA, in which you have the responsibility to nurture the talents of the Jamaican people and to ensure that our best athletes represent us at the highest level, you will be faced with situations for which your manual does not have a ready solution, but that does not mean that the decision is a difficult one. I believe that leaders can be best judged not so much on how they handle the difficult situations, because mistakes will be made, but on how they handle the simple situations because when you get the simple ones wrong that is the best indicator that you do not deserve to be the leader.