I am writing this article having one objective in mind, that our loving country can be great again. No nation can be great without being united.
And there is no way we can achieve it until we change our thinking about the way our sports is being run by our own leaders in sports.
We need to educate those who can make a change; it is time to make a change.
And I will do my part in the field of swimming where I can make the difference.
The difference that can change lives and build a great nation.
One way our nation can be great again is through sports. Sports give discipline, healthy citizenry for youth and adults. However, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has failed to implement this.
PSC failed to implement its objectives, under Republic Act No. 6847 which states:
“Rule III. Section 1. To provide leadership, formulate the policies and set the priorities and direction of all national amateur sports promotion and development, particularly giving emphasis on grassroots participation.
Section 2. The objectives of the Commission shall be pursued and attained, taking into consideration all existing national policies and programs and Executive issuances relating to the implementation of physical fitness and sports in the country, including “Sports-For-All” programs.”
This is the problem of Philippine swimming that hurts aspiring tankers, because it is not a “Sports-For-All”.
FINA’s (International Swimming Federation) unauthorized rule is pulling the Philippine swimming in the drain. This is being applied by Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) President Mark Joseph, the national sports association under the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
Joseph introduced the curse of unauthorized relations against non-PSI members.
It also turned out to be a curse for PSI members.
It bothers me when Lisa-Laura, a parent sent me a comment in my last article. His son used to be a PSL swimmer and now they are already with PSI. She posted the FINA General Rule, which states:
“Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA):
The FINA General Rules 2013-2017, which apply to all FINA competitions in all kinds of swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, and Masters Competition, contains the following Rule on ”Unauthorized Relations” (under scoring supplied).
“GR 4.1 No affiliated Member shall have any kind of relationship with a non-affiliated or suspended body.
GR 4.2 The exchange of competitors, administrators, directors, judges, officials, trainers, coaches, etc., with non-affiliated or suspended bodies is not permissible.
GR 4.3 The holding of demonstrations and/or exhibitions, clinics, training, competitions, etc., with non-affiliated or suspended bodies is not permissible.
GR 4.4 The Bureau may authorize relations with non-affiliated or suspended bodies as in Rules GR 4.1 through GR 4.3 above.
GR 4.5 Any individual or group violating this Rule shall be suspended by the affiliated Member for a minimum period of one year, up to a maximum period of two years. FINA retains the right to review the suspension made by the affiliated Member and to increase it up to the maximum of two years in accordance with the circumstances involved. The affiliated Member shall abide by any such increase made on review. In the event that such individual or group has resigned its membership with the affiliated Member or is not a Member, it shall not be allowed to affiliate with that Member for a minimum period of three months up to a maximum period of two years. FINA retains the right to review any such sanction imposed by the affiliated Member and to increase it up to the maximum of two years in accordance with the circumstances involved. The affiliated Member shall abide by any such increase made on review.
GR 4.6 Each Member that conducts a competition shall strictly enforce the FINA Rules governing eligibility.”
It is the coaches, parents who are in fear because someone is misleading the entire swimming community. I am trying to point this out so that no more swimmers, parents, team managers, club presidents and coaches, would fear in participating in any competition outside of PSI competitions.
Can you imagine if this is the understanding of all the swimmers? Then all the swimmers under PSI that participated in University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) competition will be suspended, as there are many PSL swimmers and non- PSI members who participated.
How about in NCAA, Palarong Pambansa, Batang Pinoy and Pinoy Games, PSI members who have competed with PSL and non- PSI swimmers will also be suspended?
As Senator Nikki Coseteng is saying, “if the bullying will be implemented, wala nang natira na swimmers ang PASA/PSI, they will be all suspended”.
“Aba kung totoo yun, wala nang members ang PASA/PSI, lahat sila suspended na,”said , PSL Regional Director Joan Mojdeh.
And many have been bullied by this. PSI is a private organization which is registered in Security and Exchange Commission. Under Security Regulation Code, Republic Act 8799, anything that is contrary to law is punishable in accordance with the pertinent provisions and penalties prescribed by the rules of court.
The bullying must be put into stop so as to remove the curse.