Saturday, July 19, 2008
Further to this week's ramble by DataMiner and subsequent comments on the blog to do with the scheduling of games, I was pleasantly surprised to see this article. It has always appeared that the mainstream media had been bought by the KRFU. No adverse articles ever appear in it and everything seems hanky dory to the outside world that relies on this media as a source of information. That the Punter was compromised into taking a position at the Union as head of Media and Communications was the first sign. And that all other media were relying on him for information meant only sanitised news got out of the Union. Based on what went on the whole of last year and early this year in terms of the Kenyan political scenario, it is up to the blogosphere to provide the other side of things. This could apply to all sports since the ability to compromise lies entirely with regulatory bodies for the sports. What people generally do not agree about does not see the light of day so everyone thinks all is fine.
As relates to rugby I believe it is time the clubs as the only stakeholders in the game made a statement. It is time the clubs took ownership of the direction of rugby in this country. Earlier posts by DM have dwelt on the credentials of the directors of the union and one wonders what their collective purpose is? The individual is plain to see. Why somebody who has never attended a board meeting seeks re-election at an AGM is very strange. Of what value does he think he is to the game? We, the clubs must seek to know who attends the board meetings. Minutes of board meetings must be circulated to the clubs. In addition, since matters of player welfare, etc. are always contentious, the Union must create at the next AGM special seats for certain interest groups. These are players, referees and coaches. These are the real stakeholders in the game and if their interests are not directly represented, then we have fallen short. That the current system has failed maybe means we reduce the seats for "directors" and allocate those to these special groups. But we must arise and talk. We must "put our collective foot down" as one contributor put it. We are ready to open this forum out and shortly we will be inviting interested contributors to send us mail and we will include them. But pressure must be brought on the Union to shape out or ship out!
Please pass the address of this blog around and let us increase our voice.
Posted by ruggerbug at 15:34