Philippine Swimming League (PSL) President Susan Papa vowed to pursue the campaign in democratizing swimming in the Philippines as well as the fight against corruption in sports.
“The PSL, being the longest running community based in developing grassroots program
in the country, affiliated to Fessap [The Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines] will seriously pursue in democratizing swimming in the country,” said Papa.
“PSL which aims to promote swimming all over the Philippines to encourage the youth to participate in the league on local and international competition, to foster self discipline and excellence for the development of healthy citizenry,” she added.
Since its affiliation to Fessap, the PSL has gained a lot of participants from college students who are interested in competing in the World University Games.
“As said before the early formation of the PSL is like the birth of a child—bloody. The pains continue till this day after 4 1/2 years it was born. The Philippine Amateur Association belief that it has an exclusive franchise from the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee to promote swimming in the country is still a problem,” she said.
“In many occasions the POC-NSA in swimming has questioned PSC’s assistance to the PSL tax exemptions and airport fees for traveling swimmers and their coaches. When the POC, NSA, and PSC imposed travel bans by not granting “permit – to- travel order” the PSL had to seek assistance from Senators for swimmers’ foreign trips,” narrated Papa.
According to Papa, sports advocate former senator Nikki Coseteng started a “barrage of protest in television, newspapers and radio, lambasting PSC’s violation of the sports for all policy and PASA’s monopolistic sports for the few.”
“Its just a matter of time that swimmers realize the importance of Universiade, the second largest competition next to Olympics. Swimmers are missing a lot. The Universiade is far better than SEA Games and Asian Games. I’m happy that swimming in the country is 70 percent free from unrighteousness. The unauthorized rule imposed by the POC-NSA will soon die by itself,” added Papa.
The PSL chief also urged the PSC and POC to open the gate to everyone and “must no longer tolerate the membership issue before you can participate in POC-NSA competitions in swimming.”
For its part, the PSL stages its monthly swimming competitions and seminars with no membership requirement. All interested parties are welcome, she said.
At present, PSL has over 150 swimming clubs participating from all over the country with over 10 regional directors actively attending to the needs of clubs at the city and provincial level.