Philippine Squash Academy (PSA) President Robert Bachmann said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) should empower national sports association to be able to succeed internationally.
“I am still confused of this plan because you have to empower the NSA’s [first],” Bachmann, who was present during the Top-Level Consultative Meeting on Development Plan for Philippine Sports at the Century Park Hotel told The Manila Times on Thursday.
“PSC and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) are talking about Department of Sports but they are supposed to act as a supportive role in terms of funding or monitoring role as well because it is their money,” said Bachmann.
He said both agencies should coordinate with the NSA’s for the assistance they need like nutritionist, sports scientist and psychologist.
“These are the things that I expect them to provide,” he added.
Besides sports science experts who will help the athletes achieve growth, sports facilities are also consequential to positive results when competing overseas.
“Our thrust is to really open more public courts. I don’t care where as long as there is a public court,” he stressed.
Bachmann said they area awaiting the construction of squash courts inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila.
It was former PSC Chairman Richie Garcia and his board, who have approved the construction.
“Since there’s already an approval, the current administration now would just follow through,” he said.
After the construction of courts at the Rizal Memorial Complex, Bachmann is eyeing to set up another kind in PhilSports in Pasig.
Besides government funding, Bachmann is hoping to get corporate sponsors as well to build more public courts to entice young people to the sport.
PSA is the predecessor of the Squash Rackets Association of the Philippines (SRAP), which was established in 1975.
With consent from the World Squash Federation and POC, the PSA was named as the national sports association for squash late last year because of SRAP accountability issues.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID