The Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) is the sole national university sports federation recognized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), a University based Olympic Style competitions participated by the sports power in the world with 180 countries such as USA, Russia, Germany, France, Brazil, Italy, England, South Africa, China, Korea, Japan and others.
FESSAP has been recognized by The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) since 1999.
FISU is the international body that organizes the Summer Universiade/World Universiade Games, Winter Universiade and the World Championships (WUC).
To set the records straight, which will set every college student and coaches free from any doubt and fear; Switzerland FISU Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer, Eric Saintrond stated “We would like to inform you that the FISU Executive Committee officially met in TRENTO (ITA) on the 8th and 9th of December 2013 and decided to confirm the membership of the FESSAP as a FISU member Association.
FISU therefore officially recognized the FESSAP as the lone representative of university sports in the Philippines.
This effectively put to rest the bid of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines to be a member of FISU.
David Ong is the FESSAP president, Graham Lim is the secretary general and lawyer Maria Luz-Arzaga Mendoza and Leo Mendoza are FESSAP legal representative and adviser, respectively.
Also, in August 23, 2014 in Qingdao, China, during the 8th Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF), during the General Assembly, it has affirmed the recognition of FESSAP as the sole representative organization from the Philippines.
FESSAP, who represented the Philippines in the AUSF General Assembly, through lawyer Maria Luz-Arzaga Mendoza, a former national swimmer and member of the 1970 Philippine contingent to the Asian Games in Thailand.
Now, the truth is, Philippine Olympic Committee is a private entity and has nothing to do with FESSAP.
The Philippine Olympic Committee rely on the funds coming from the government, which is the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) while FESSAP is a privately funded organization.
In swimming, the national sports association under the Philippine Olympic Committee is PASA/PSI. The latter has two swimmers that made it to the Olympics 2012 via wild card.
While for FESSAP, the National Sports Association in swimming is the Philippine Swimming League. It has sent seven swimmers to the Summer Universiade 2013 in Kazan, Russia and 49 swimmers in Gwangju, Korea in this year’s edition of the meet.
The FISU was developed within university institutions to propagate sports values and promote sports practice with an interaction inspiring the soul and heart of the college students.
It was officially formed in1949, and since then the World Universiade Games was held in places like Warsaw, Rome, Paris, Torino, Budapest, Monaco, Bulgaria, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Spain, Yugoslavia, Great Britain, Poland, Turkey, Kazan, Korea and others.
FISU’s main responsibility is the function of Summer and Winter Universiade as well as the World Championship.
The Universiade is an International sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years consisting of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines such as athletics, basketball, fencing, rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastic, football, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, judo, swimming, diving and water polo.
The Universiade and World Championships are open to all student athletes that have not been out of university or an equivalent institution for more than a year.
The FISU’s fundamental doctrine in promoting the sports value, which means fair play, perseverance, encouraging friendship, integrity and cooperation among students, who may one day become leaders of the nation.
Recently, FISU Sec. General/CEO Eric Saintrond, who is under the authority of the FISU President, visited the Philippines.
Saintrond, together with FESSAP Pres. David Ong paid a courtesy call to Angel Ngu, president of the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. at its headquarters in Binondo, Manila. On that same occasion, Saintrond and Ong met with Yap Cho Ty, president of the Filipino-Chinese Amateur Federation an affiliate of FESSAP as one of the major supporters of youth developmental program.
During the visit, Saintrond gave a go signal for FESSAP to host the prestigious World University Cycling Championship (WUCC) competition in Tagaytay City on March 2016.
Saintrond also visited the Senate and the CHED office at Diliman, Quezon City.
The local sports community must be free from all fear to participate in World Universiade Games, which is the second largest international competition in the world after the Olympics. It is far better than SEA Games with only 11 countries participating and the Asian Games with 43 countries joining compared to 180 participating countries in Universiade.
This early, FESSAP is also preparing the Philippines’ participation in the Summer Universiade 2017 to be held at Taipei, Taiwan. The Philippine Swimming League is already conducting tryouts and has already qualified 85 swimmers.