Elite Sports – Tennis & Naomi Osaka – A BACKWARD THINKING TRIBE?

Naomi Osaka fined for media snub and threatened with French Open expulsion | French Open 2021 | The Guardianhttps://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/may/30/french-open-womens-singles-naomi-osaka-patricia-tig?fbclid=IwAR09bKdxBcYNvc-it-NUOpe5zZcU81MQjDdiM3UxcIdGD4qt0yUS6lBpCRE

WHAT A SHOCKING EXAMPLE TO A WORLD OF SPORTS !!SPORTS ARE SUPPOSED TO TEACH YOU FOR LIFE !! (Go and read the philosophies and humanistic principles of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the Modern Olympics).

Time and time again, ‘money do not buy you, neither common sense nor sense of the times. Since I commenced playing rugby union at 19 years of age (1971) I was taught that ATHLETE’S HEALTH AND WELLBEING ARE FIRST! – I’ve already voiced my opinion, following the recommendations of Lawyer Ms Alexandra Veuthey (PhD Candidate, Sports Lawyer @ Libra Law, Lausanne, Switzerland) who has documented her recommendations. These findings were also presented in the 1st ISSF Webinar (27/01/2021): “A harmonised approach between all the stakeholders of the sport in question is a must”.

In 2021, these tough-talking ‘sports bosses’ will take you down the path of unhealthy conflicts, more than likely ending up in gigantic Class-Action Compensations (as we have seen in NFL a couple of years ago, and the looming Steve Thompson lead group Class-Action due to Concussion-Dementia claims. Organised professional sports IS NOT THE MILITARY SERVICES!

Administrators, wake up, stop using athletes as if they are disposable nappies.For Christ’s sake, apply the laws and rules of Occupational Health & Safety, be smart, do not waste money on legal advice, or protracted lawsuits, barristers, QC’s and the like. When Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams or Margaret Court or another player is telling you that her Mental Health is at risk and compromised…Why do you not believe her?

Are you going to lose money because she will not talk to ever intrusive media? SO WHAT? How muc money does she make YOU in 120 minute match?

Who runs your show? – The TV Global empires? or some Streaming JV Capitalist?SPORTS ARE BECOMING A DEATH SENTENCING ACTIVITY (either literally or metaphorically).

Sadly enough, we have experienced many cases of suicide, which is never outside the picture of extended mental illnesses, and sometimes the ‘fuse’ of life-death is ever so thin… if you do not believe me? Go and read about the tragic life of South African born Wallaby Daniel Vickerman who took his life three years ago. https://www.nowtolove.com.au/…/former-wallaby-dan…

SPORTS ADMINISTRATORS, PLEASE THINK AGAIN, THIS TIME WITH YOUR HEADS (NOT WITH YOUR BANK ACCOUNT) – AND… SIMULTANEOUSLY PROTECT THE BRAINS OF YOUR HUMAN RESURCES-ATHLETES (IT IS CALLED DUTY OF CARE, SOMETHING YOU WOULD DO, WITH YOUR OWN CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN)WOULDN’T YOU?

Enrique TOPO Rodriguez

# Founder & General Convener, ISSF (iss-forum.net)

# Advocate & Adviser MHMP&S (Mental Health Management Plans & Strategies)

# BIPOLAR Education Foundation

# Executive Chairman, Wellbeing Leadership & Sports Pty LtdSydney 31/05/2021

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