• Asian body affirms FESSAP’s recognition


    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.


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    1. Wilfred Arzaga on

      FESSAPP has been approved as FISU member last year and now affirms by the Asian body of university sports, the Asian University Sports Federation. Our athletes in universities, colleges and schools are now excited to train in sports while studying and enjoy participating internationally in their Olympic and Asian versions. In the summer of 2012, FESSAPP was approved by FISU as one of the members. As the official representative of FISU and, this year, AUSF , I encourage and invite all athletes, coaches and sport school officials to contact or meet our FESSAPP officials to gather more information about the organization and your school’s journey into becoming a full member of FESSAPP.
      Now that we know that we can be part of FESSAPP, our student-athletes and coaches can really focus on the next step of training and winning in any FESSAPP meets or any educational institutions’ national championship. FESSAPP can and will have a long history of success and everyone will be highly motivated to show they can achieve more success at this level with proper cooperation and coordination to the FESSAPP body.

      In a historic event that happened during the FISU General Assembly, it is humbling for FESSAPP to be accepted as a member, as we are reaching back to the original intentions and philosophy of the FESSAPP’s founders: to offer a great Filipino education supported by all educational institutions of our country so that we will have the ability to compete athletically in future international and Asian competitions. It means a high level of competition and challenge for our athletes, and as always been the case, our primary concern is that our athletes succeed as students. As long as the academic institutions will have a strong academic requirements and hopefully, will continue to maintain the high academic standards that they are supposed to always demanded from all the student athletes then we will succeed.
      Our transition to the FISU has important implications for the…