I saw 2 types of criticism over the current celebrations
Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:57
One voicing concern over the choice for statues. While the other questioning the spending of money on this event.
I really thought it was a joke. I am surprised anyone would question the decision to make a statue of Asafa. I also agree that there can be guidelines in place detailing the criteria etc. It would also be nice to have a statue of all the Greats like even Hemmings etc. But none of these logics is valid enough to disqualify Asafa's candidacy.
While he has not gotten that individual olympic medal, achieving a world record in the premier track event; gaining athlete of the year honour for season-long success; recording the most sub-10 times - a testimony of consistency; and elevating Jamaica to sprinting immortality, are not to be scoffed at! It is laughable that anyone would even make this a subject.
Why do we think the only way to bring our point across is to discredit, compare or criticize?
In my humble opinion, there must be relevant criteria used to award statues tour athletes. Obviously the most important criteria to be used, should be one that: a. Based on achievement, gives the... more
He never won a individual gold medal....if that is what you are suggesting that earning a gold medal should be a main criteria for consideration. Merlene Ottey have how many gold medals again?...from ... more
and clearly none before and very few after (for the forseeable and unforseeable future) will match that particular statistic. One would not have counted it before as no one else is remotely close... more
----------------------- Relevance is different things to different people and clearly none before and very few after (for the forseeable and unforseeable future) will match that particular statistic. ... more
argument. Just remember, the probability of breaking a WR, despite all you are saying, is far less than the probability of getting an olympic gold medal. And even worse for WC gold. Go back to 2003... more
because nobody has done it enough times for it to be considered a great feat.......or no? Sometimes greatness is simply a matter of continually defining new frontiers as he has done first with the WR ... more
Well you have seen my criteria where gold medals at OLY and WC are considered to be the main criteria for being awarded a statue. My reasoning is simple. In head to head clashes against the best in... more
Anyway, like all these "meritorious" awards, it is difficult to have a pre-conceived set of criteria. This is because "greatness" , "ground-breaking impact" and "pioneer" are unpredictable and can... more
------------------------- So, my criteria will be subjective and vetted by a panel. There would be a minimum time of say 5-10 years after retirement. Then they will fall under 2 main categories.... more
The word subjective was used to explain why a points system couldnt be used. The second point was that the 2 categories are not comparable. So, to answer your question: On the basis of category 1,... more
I am certainly not advocating that all gold medal winners be awarded a statue. Let us say that Jamaica decides to award a statue every FOUR years (hopefully after the athletes have stopped being... more
source for consideration. But it MUST be the main criteria. Other factors will come into play, but the medals won for country is the most critical factor. It brings the most positive publicity for... more
By your own calculation the value(in large measure)of a gold medal is the positive publicity it brings to the nation. On that score-aside from Usain Bolt-few Jamaicans,if any, can match Asafa Powell... more