The King will have to retain his crown on the boards, and not in the boardroom.
From now on it’s Ronald “Suki” King against the world. Well, against the Italians’ really.
But Barbados’ ace draughts player thinks it is time for someone from this country to lead the sport’s world governing body.
This comes after King lost his appeal to the World Checkers Federation to have the result of his World Go-As-You-Please title match against Italian Sergio Scarpetta in July deemed null and void.
The matter was heard recently by president of the world governing body, Dr Richard Beckwith, who determined that Scarpetta should retain the title.
“We need to have Barbadians on the world body, or even to be president. We need to be able to make an impact, and not let our players be given a raw deal. I feel I was given a raw deal too. I want to see that day that a Barbadian is involved before I stop playing,” King said.
He admitted that for some time he had lost interest in the sport which made him a local legend, but said his hunger to get back to the top is fuelled not only by the raw deal he believes he was given this summer, but also because there are not enough Barbadian officials in world draughts.
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