The Drake Foundation has been doing an incredible Sherlockholmesque job in uncovering those little secrets which will take several organisation to ‘the Cleaners’. Class-actions proceeding have already started around the world, and with the research published by TDF it will increase exponentially.
James JP Drake, his Team and the generous contribution of Lewis Moody (former English Rugby International) are making giant inroads into The Establishment of World Rugby and the English RFU, fortresses. An immediate overhaul is mandatory on the current rules, procedures, and antiquated medical practices after episodes and injuries occurred on the field, and while training!
THE OVERHAUL OF THE LAWS (must not be conducted by sections with a ‘vested interest’, neither referees, nor coaches, nor doctors or professor in medicine, or the players. Equanimity for all the stakeholders is The Mantra for this so very important job). It will be first opportunity in 140 years to bring the game forward and to adapt it to the reality of 2021-2031. Technology, sciences, and capital have assisted the game in the High-Performance stakes… but NOT ON THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING PRESERVATION for the Human Resources, which are the true Capital of sports!
Carefully chosen PROFESSIONAL LAWMAKERS are the Messiahs here!
At the ISSF, we have been saying this FROM DAY ! (May 2020). It is beggar’s belief, the denial, the cover-up, the lies, the concocted statistical reports, and so on and so forth.
The general attitude has been till today “do not worry, this Tsunami will quickly be blown away by nature”. The stodgy aristocratic ‘protection of the Game, Show, and Business (three monsters who need to be fed constantly and regularly?). Sadly WR did abandon the care for The Game, just got stuck in the mullah, a la Arthur Daley! (remember The Minder, Terry?)
Some 9 years ago, I stated my suspicions, about the strategic direction (or lack thereof), in Rugby ‘decisions’. These symptoms/phenomena, are and have been since 1995, akin to burying your head (all of them) in the proverbial sand, or sea of money $$$. If you are curious or pedantic, go and find it in my book ‘The ART of Scrummaging’, published in August 2012.
SAYONARA BABY – NAMASTE! VAYA CON DIOS OR BUDDHA.
Enrique TOPO Rodriguez. Founder ISSF (International Sports Sciences Forum) iss-forum.net