BANGKOK, Thailand: The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) is aiming to produce 10 gold medals in the 2014 Royal Bangkok Swimming Championship beginning on Saturday at the Royal Bangkok Sports Club Swimming Pool here.
PSL President Susan Papa tagged host Thailand and Singapore are the teams to beat this year. “The PSL has high hope in winning 10 gold medals or more. Teams from Thailand and Singapore have strong lineups but we’re optimistic of our chances here. Our swimmers are all set and prepared. They are excited and raring to compete against the region’s best swimmers,” she said.
Papa named Kyla Soguilon, Daryl Concepcion and Martin Jacob Pupos as gold medal contenders as well as Jasmine Mojdeh, a veteran of the 2014 Western Cape Swimming Championships held in Cape Town, South Africa early this year.
“This will be our end result of our developmental training and I am saddened that the Philippine Sports Commission is not aware of this program. It is only during the Senate budget which I attended with Senator Nikki Coseteng that the PSC does not know their mandate and functions,” stressed Papa.
“Senator Pia Cayetano and Senator Tito Sotto was as dismayed when they found out that there are such Philippine Olympic Committee members and non- members. PSL will fight for the discrimination the PSC did to these young swimmers. Sports for all is very important in PSC mandate,” added Papa.
The PSL has been sending swimmers to different international competitions without getting any support from the government.
“Part of our program is to develop these kids, discipline them and inculcating in their minds the love for the country. What is important is we promote the sports to these young generation so they will become better persons. Who knows? One of them will become PSC Chairman and through exposure, they will know what will be their mandate and functions, which is to promote the amateur sports local and international,” said Papa.
“They will have compassion and treat the athletes the righteous way and not to oppress the athletes, coaches and parents. The PSC must wake up,” she ended.
The other top PSL swimmers are Michael Gabriel Lozada, Mark Bryan Dula, Nathan Cheng, Trisha Oliveros, Jeffrey Hirao, Jesreel Francisco and Inaki Emil Lorbes —all veterans of the Hong Kong Stingrays Championships and Singapore Swimming Meet.
There are 63 swimmers in the delegation, mostly coming from the Western Visayas Region, who all reached the qualifying mark in the PSL Leg Series.