On mistakes and apologies

Kids at a West Australian school making a giant human word sorry on their oval in preparation for the National Apology to the Stolen Generations by the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd.

(Photo coutesy of butupa)

A few days ago I posted about how many Run United runners were disappointed by the shortage of finisher items.  Runrio was quick to apologize, taking responsibility of the mishap, and promised that the aggrieved runners will receive the items.   A few runners have already reported that they have received their items.

I admire people who are quick to take ownership of mistakes made and who take the lead in rectifying it.  We are all human.  We do not have a crystal ball to foresee future events.  We make mistakes, fall prey to our emotions, misjudge people and events, and err in the choices we make.

Take Neil Etheridge’s statement, for example, following  the red card he received for for kicking Turkmenistan striker Gahryman Chonkayev:

“Obviously my lack of professionalism at the end of the game was unlike me,” said Etheridge, who remembers only one other red card while he was still playing at youth level.

“It was very unprofessional so I have to take responsibility for my actions. It was the heat of the moment and I probably deserved what I got.”

I contrast this with Arnold Clavio’s “apology” about his comment regarding the Azkals:

Mga igan, nakakalungkot na may negatibong reaksyon ang naging pahayag ko tungkol sa Philippine Azkals kaugnay ng sexual harassment complaint ni Ms. Cristy Ramos. Wala po akong ganoong intensyon. Ang isyu po rito ay sexual harassment at kung may nagamit man po akong mga salita na hindi angkop, nagpapakumbaba po ako at humihingi ng pang-unawa. Dun naman po sa mga kasama kong nanindigan laban sa sexual harassment, maraming salamat po. Seryoso pong isyu ito na dapat bantayan

To all my friends, I felt saddened with the negative reactions on my statement regarding the Philippine Azkals about the sexual harassment complaint by Ms. Cristy Ramos. I don’t have any intentions. The issue here is sexual harassment and if ever I have used words that were inappropriate, I apologized and please understand me. To those to who were with me who make a stand against sexual harassment, thank you very much. The issue is a serious one that needs our vigilance.

Was that an apology?  He must think we are idiots not to notice that this is a smokescreen devoid of any remorse or accountability of any wrong-doing.  Yes, there is a sexual harassment issue looming and yes if found guilty they should face the consequences.  But it doesn’t take away the gravity of Arnold Clavio’s irresponsible and ignorant opinion.

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What is meant by being a Filipino?

This post is not related to running.  So feel free to skip if this bugs you.

But I was initially peeved by a rant by Arnold Clavio criticizing the ethnicity of the Azkals, who are just coming off a fantastic victory against Tajikistan to enter the semi-final round of the AFC Challenge Cup.  In case you are unaware of the controversy, check out this video:

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Azkals or a 21K run?

The Azkals!

I am an unabashed football fan.  But now here’s the dilemma.

The first leg of the Azkals – Kuwait game is on July 24, 1230 am.  The Rexona Run is July 24, 510 am.  Assuming that the Azkals game will end at 230 am, that gives me little time to get some sleep!

Maybe I’ll sleep the whole afternoon instead . . .