“Blow that whistle” – Once famously prolific author Tom Keneally AO said in an advertisement for Rugby League in Australia. So, let’s blow THE WHISTLE of Concussion-Dementia-Depression-CTE-Suicide, on World Rugby, Rugby League, Soccer, Aussie Rules, Cricket, etc. etc.!
EVERY DAY FOR THE LAST 18 MONTHS SINCE I FOUNDED THE ISSF International Sports Sciences Forum (iss-forum.net) actually for much longer than that, we have been reading about the HARD-EVIDENCE of EVIDENCE-BASED-APPROACHED INFORMATION GENERATED FROM, THE FOUR CARDINAL POINTS… GLOBALLY.
Question 1. HOW LONG CAN WE SUSTAIN THIS LEVEL OF DECEPTION, LIES, GREED AND IRRESPONSIBILITY?
Question 2. WOULDN’T THESE FINDINGS GRANT A ROYAL COMMISSION?
Question 3. WOULD YOU GO RIGHT UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORTS (or whatever may be called!)
Question 4. ON THE BASIS OF THE HUBRIS OF HUMAN BRAINS AND BODIES, WOULD YOU KINDLY ASK FOR THE RESIGNATION OF SIR BILL BEAUMONT, ALAN GILPIN AND ALL THE ACOLYTES DELEGATES FROM THE TOP 24 NATIONS? – I WILL VERY SOON BECAUSE I HAD THE GUT FULL OF THESE ‘BS’ MIS-MANAGEMENT PRACTICES GOING ON UNACCOUNTED AND UNPUNISHED!!
RUGBY FOLLOWERS OF THE WORLD, THE MEDIEVAL AND ARISTOCRATIC LEGACY FROM RUGBY SCHOOL ARE OVER. WAKE UP INTO 2021 WHEN “DUTY OF CARE” IS A RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY CORPORATION’S DIRECTOR.
Ladies and Gentlemen, parents, grandparents, family and friends, and YOU KIDS, PLAYERS AND ATHLETES, I beg you, before you sign any kind of contract (for money o no money), project your mind to what might happen? – Think of the insurance you may need if you have a serious accident (Quadriplegia, broken bones, loss of eyesight, concussion, dementia, depression (?? Suicide ??) … And many more consequences if you do not take care of yourself professionally, and sensibly? – The moment you sign that ‘professional’ contract, you give your livelihood to irresponsible, greedy, and ignorant administrators (your Agent/Manager should know better?), you become a DISPOSABLE COMMODITY ON DEMAND OR LACK THEREOF.
WHAT IS IN THE FUTURE FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS AND GRANDKIDS?
So, your parents made so many sacrifices to put you through school (boys and girls, all together now), you are a Family Investments, even your brothers and sisters contributed to your ‘promising’ bright future. BUT, what now? No longer, neither a dream nor reality. Life is a highway, the faster you want to travel the higher The Toll.
Since rugby union has become professional 26 years ago (1995), I will take two leafs from The Corporate Governance & Management book, for you to seriously look at and emulate:
FREE OF CHARGE ADVICE FOR “THE BUSINESS OF SPORTS”
COACHES, PLAYERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AGENTS, MANAGERS, SPONSORS, CONTRACTORS, AND SUBCONTRACTORS, YOU ALL ARE FULLY RESPONSIBLE OR WITNESSES TO THESE ‘ABNORMALITIES’ – INJURY PREVENTION AND HEALTH PRESERVATION IS AN ETHICAL OBLIGATION, NOT A CHARITY.
Sir Bill Beaumont, Alex Gilpin and all Directors and Delegates get off your high-horse and carefully look at what The Plebes need???
- The SUPERANNUATION concept/strategy to save for that future…
- The Occupational Health & Safety which governs about every medium and large Entreprises (no more no less!)