Saturday 11 July, 2020

Let's Talk: Cancel schoolboy football because of lightning threat?

Jamaica College player Terrence Francis being stretchered off the field of play at a Manning Cup football match against Wolmer's Boys' School at Stadium East in St Andrew, after a lightning strike during the game in early September.

Jamaica College player Terrence Francis being stretchered off the field of play at a Manning Cup football match against Wolmer's Boys' School at Stadium East in St Andrew, after a lightning strike during the game in early September.

Concerns are being raised following two incidents of lightning scares at schoolboy football matches this season.

Early in the season, five players were injured by lightning during a match between Jamaica College and Wolmer's Boys' School, resulting in two of them being admitted at the University of the West Indies and another taken there and released.

On Tuesday, a Haile Selassie student was injured during a lightning strike at the institution, while clearing equipment from the field, after their match against Cumberland was called off by the referee because of heavy rain. 

The threat of lightning has resulted in a number of matches being called off during play, or not starting in the first place, with governning body, Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) having a backlog to rescheduled.

The development has led some people to question whether ISSA should pull the plug on the season. Loop News went to the University of the West Indies to get the opinions of students and staff members of the institution, and other members of the public. Watch the video below.

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