After reading Al Gilkes weekly column which laments how miserably World Draught Champion Ronald ‘Suki’ King has been treated by his kind over the years, there is not much BU can add. It seems there is the irrepressible desire on the part of the authorities to dish out the highest recognition to those who achieve on the world stage, the exception being Suki.
To explain the lack of consistency applied by government over the years when recognizing significant achievements by Barbadians some might suggest that draughts is not a mass sport in the global arena. The easy response to such a view is to ask what are we rewarding? Has Suki not excelled in a recognized sport on the local and world stage? By recognizing him will we not be exemplifying to all Barbadians that there is reward in being the best in your chosen endeavour?
Sad the say the glint in the eye of Suki has been fading of late along with his intimidating use of repartee. It is of immense embarrassment that Suki after many years of demonstrating excellence in the sport of draughts at home and abroad continues to be shunted to make way for the more glamorous.
It is not too late to right the wrong!