Philippine Swimming League’s (PSL) Chairman and former senator Anna Dominique Coseteng received a message from Philippine Swimming, Inc. (PSi) president Mark Joseph via Facebook.
The following is a portion of Joseph’s message unedited: “After spending time to silence last June 12, i was inspired to reach out to you again. The purpose is to state that any desire you may have to control Philippine Swimming is impossible, remembering that you must comply with all rules and regulations applicable to Olympic parties, and in accordance to Philippine Laws. And do it with consistency for a long time to prove your worth.
In order to make accessible the pathways to grace and glory, to all Filipino swimmers we abide by the Olympic Chapter and the includes the rules of FINA and POC as well as our own statutes.”
After reading it, I got goose bumps.
As usual, Joseph is citing the rules of FINA and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) that is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to promote his interests and malign the PSL.
The PSL will protect its swimmers and will uphold the Constitution.
Article 14 Section 19 (1) of the 1987 Constitution states, “The state shall promote physical education and encourage sports programs, league competitions, and amateur sports, including training for international competitions, to foster self – discipline, teamwork, and excellence for the development of a healthy and alert citizenry.”
Both the PSi and POC must follow the Constitution in all their dealings.
Let it also be known that no one Filipino swimmer has achieved the Olympic Standard for so many years now. Those who have made it tot the Summer Games made it as a Wild Card.
Since Joseph’s watch that started in 1986, no medals had been won except for a bronze medal by US-based swimmer Ryan Papa in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. His training in the United States then was Ryan’s parents initiative and not of the PASA (now PSi).
Let me remind Joseph that PSL was created to democratize Philippine swimming, which he strangled by his rule.
With Joseph facing charges in Philippine court, the PSi has appointed Lani Velasco as secretary general.
Here is Coseteng’s reply to Joseph and the PSi:
“The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) and I do not want to control Philippine swimming the way you, your officials AND YOUR COACHES do by bullying and harassing swimmers and excluding those who seek to swim NOT under you.
I only want to let those who want to swim, swim and SUCCEED and be HAPPY. Those who do not want swimmers to be given opportunities to SUCCEED and be HAPPY have no business being in SPORTS!
Bullying and harassing swimmers and athletes HAS NO PLACE IN ANY DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY.
Most especially, in educational institutions and sports agencies and organizations.
And worse of all, BULLYING AND HARASSING HIDING BEHIND THE RULES AND REGULATIONS ALL IN THE NAME OF CONTROL.
Our EXCELLENT SWIMMERS DESERVE TO SHINE AND REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY so that we do not end up at the bottom of swimming! As have been in the last few decades!!
Statistics do not lie!!
We have produced excellent ones in the seven (7) years we have started training young swimmers.
We will continue producing more! Even without the millions in government funding you enjoy!
You can BULLY OUR SWIMMERS AND TRY TO DESTROY THEM all you want! You will NEVER ABLE TO DESTROY OUR SPIRIT, DETERMINATION AND COMMITMENT TO PURSUE EXCELLENCE, NATIONALISM, DIGNITY AND HAPPINESS.
PSL has been present since seven years and seven years is seven years! PSL could not have pretended to know and in truth not know! PSL could not have pretended to do things not do them! PSL could not have pretended to produce champions and faked them PSL could not have pretended to be what PSL have been.”
PSL’s challenge to PSI/ FINIS
I just learned that FINIS is organizing the Unity Games with the PSi.
It is interesting to note that seven years ago, the first swimming event organized by Former Senator Nikki Coseteng and I was entitled “Unity Swim. “
I was told that though FINIS will organize the event with PSi, all PSL swimmers are welcome to join the tilt.
If this is true then democracy is indeed coming back to Philippine swimming.
PSL had been waiting to see PSI members compete against swimmers from other organizations.