The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) 74th Leg series will be held in Capiz with the staging of the 2015 Capiztahan Swim Meet scheduled on April 11 to 12 in Roxas City.
The Capiz Turbo Shark headed by Pepe Borres will host the two-day meet. The first day will be at the Villareal Stadium 50-meter pool while the second day is an open water event to be held at the Baybay Beach.
“We continue to democratize swimming, to be a sports-for-all, all over the country. The POC-NSA is now learning to accept swimmers, whether they are competing in their G-League or Inter-School. The Unauthorize Rule is dying which is a good sign,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The competition serves as qualifying for international tournaments in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Thailand and South Korea. The swimming meet is open to all and no membership needed.
“Coaches and school directors must consider it to avoid what is contrary to law and cases. Senator Nikki Coseteng is all out against corruption in sports. We are partly happy that Philippine Sports Commission is talking about the sports-for-all, but completely sad that up to now they are not applying their visitorial powers over the NSAs,” added Papa.
“I am alarmed about the swimming events, the PSC chief was known for his quotes saying about Southeast Asian Games participation, It is either they spend for themselves or look for sponsorship. This time the expenses will be deducted from the budget of the NSA, the responsibility will fall on the NSA, they will be held accountable,” stressed Papa.
The PSC, she added, has earmarked P33 million for the SEA Games participation in June.
“All of this could have been avoided if they know who are the athletes. They will see clearly that POC-NSA athletes in swimming for now are either No. 7 or 8th place. Maybe one or two will make it to the Top 3. Other than PSC, the Philippine Olympic Committee be knowledgeable,” ended Papa.
Medals will be awarded to the Top 3 finishers while trophies will be given to the Top 3 teams.