Sunday 31 May, 2020

JCA urges players to focus on self-development amidst Covid-19

Wilford 'Billy' Heaven, president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), is urging players to use the absence of competition to focus on individual self-development.

The rapid developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) have wreaked havoc on worldwide sport, with cricket suspended indefinitely.

The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.

Jamaica’s confirmed COVID-19 count now stands at 47.

Worldwide the number of confirmed infections hit another gloomy milestone on Thursday — one million, with more than 50,000 deaths, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

"To our players, we urge you to take this time away from competition to reflect on some of the ways we can collaborate to improve the game after the coronavirus pandemic has passed," Heaven said in a letter.

"To our valued board of directors, we ask that you take this time to consider the strides made in our administration of the sport, the areas which need improvement and how your role can support the delivery of those improvements," Heaven further wrote.

The local cricket boss further stated that "as you are aware the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has negatively affected all areas of life across the globe. This has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of major sporting activities and seasons worldwide.

"As the governing body for cricket in Jamaica, the JCA has been closely monitoring this pandemic and learning from the responses of various governments and other organisations to ensure that we act in a way that is in the best interest of the health of our cricket family.

"The JCA’s highest priority is the safety and well-being of our directors, staff, players and affiliates at all levels - clubs, parishes associations, players, coaches, parents, sponsors, supporters and fans. We will continue to act thoughtfully and courageously despite the disruption and uncertainty COVID-19 brings to our daily lives.

"We urge you all to act responsibly and adhere to all the safety measures put in place by the government. These include remaining home, avoiding crowded spaces, maintaining a minimum three feet distance between other persons (social distancing), washing hands and remaining sanitized among other precautions."

Heaven also said that "we are hopeful that this threat will not linger with us; at the moment no exact time can be predicted about a date for a resumption to normal activities or sports in particular. Meanwhile, let us prepare ourselves to make the best use of the time we may have to complete the cricket season as soon as it is safe to do so."

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