Let's not start the ball rolling on age discrimination

Let's not start the ball rolling on age discrimination
Suntimes feature on four footballers who are left out of job after a new S-League ruling which dictates that each club can only sign five players over age 30.

It is a shame that we are allowing age discrimination in the name of "refreshing" the S-League ("Changes have to be made: S-League CEO"; last Thursday).

If this is the sole objective, then we can use the same reason to impose age restrictions on a host of other things.

As a progressive nation, we should be embracing the grace and dignity of growing old.

An individual should be judged solely on his talents and contributions, rather than his age.

With the S-League's move, we have probably rolled back years of progress in increasing the retirement age and educating the public on the dignity of growing old.

If a player is good enough to carry on playing, why is he being discriminated against?

The fault should lie with the team managers' inability to groom and develop younger players.

History has shown that affirmative action may not necessarily result in the desired goals.

I strongly encourage the S-League management to reconsider its move.

If age discrimination starts in the S-League, what makes us think the management is not too old to govern in a world of changing tastes, fashions and needs of younger football fans. Where then do we stop?

Ho Yew Kee


This article was first published on Nov 18, 2014.
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