The 8th Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF) General Assembly has finally affirmed the recognition of the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) as the sole representative organization from the Philippines.
AUSF President Dr. Zhang Xinsheng of China and Secretary General Kenny Chow of Hong Kong announced during the General Assembly attended by more than 30 Asian countries of different National University Sports Federation (NUSF) that FESSAP as family member of AUSF is the official NUSF that is also affiliated with the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
The FESSAP who represented the Philippines in the AUSF General Assembly were Baldomero Estenzo as first delegate with Atty. Maria Luz Arzaga-Mendoza as second delegate who represented FESSAP President David Ong as his special assistant.
Atty. Arzaga-Mendoza thanked the AUSF Executive Committee for the support extended to FESSAP in affirming the recognition and the right to send university students to the Asian University Championship it organizes and all FISU-sanctioned events.
Estenzo of the FESSAP-accredited Cebu School Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) expressed elation over the final decision of AUSF Executive Committee addressed during the General Assembly on the affirmation of FESSAP’s recognition. “I will work for more FESSAP participation and getting more involved in the AUSF as active member,” said Estenzo.
Estenzo continued that Cebu City could be a possible venue of the AUSF activities such as cycling, beach volleyball, golf, weightlifting and table tennis.
Also present in the AUSF General Assembly as observers were FESSAP Secretary General Graham Lim and lawyer Leo Luis Palacio-Mendoza.
”The 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea, was one of the main topics during the AUSF General Assembly where vital regulations regarding has been discussed for the Philippine participation in 10 different sports,” Lim said.