Triumphant Philippine Swimming League

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SUSAN PAPA

SUSAN PAPA

The results of the recently concluded Palarong Pambansa indicate victory for the Philippine Swimming League (PSL).

I’m happy that swimming has already been democratized in the Philippines. It’s nice seeing swimmers from PSL and Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSI) enjoying the competition, taking selfie or groupie pictures and admiring each other.

I’m talking about PSI President Mark Joseph’s interpretation of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) Rules on Unauthorized Relations that he is imposing, which states: “No affiliated Member shall have any kind of relationship with non-affiliated or suspended body. The exchange of competitors, administrators, directors, judges, officials, trainers, coaches, etc. with non-affiliated or suspended bodies is not permissible. The holding of demonstrations and exhibitions, clinics, training, competitions, etc. with non-affiliated or suspended bodies is nor permissible.”

In the recent Palarong Pambansa, it was obvious that swimmers from PSL and PSI competed in the same venue and in the same tournament.


I wonder whether the PSI President will suspend all PSI swimmers who interacted with PSL swimmers during the Palarong Pambansa.

Sen. Nikki Coseteng, the PSL Honorary Chairman and an advocate of sports, was present during the event to motivate and inspire the PSL swimmers. In her mind she asked, “Will Mark Joseph now suspend all the PSI swimmers that participated and competed with PSL tankers?”

At the same venue, Joey, a reporter, saw me watching the games and he asked me if it is okay for me to be there. I am sure, in his mind he is thinking of the FINA rule.

The swimmers indeed enjoyed the competition. Both PSL and PSI swimmers stood at the podium to raise each other hands celebrating their victory.

One of the PSL swimmers that com­peted in Palaro was Kyla Sogui­lon, an Aklanon who just turned 11 and a fifth grader. She started competing three years ago and became an outstanding swimmer. She won four gold, two silver and one bronze medals in the Palarong Pambansa in addition to being named Most Outstanding Swimmer in the elementary girls’ class.

Soguilon is competing under divine light for she can discern wicked acts despite her young age.

As I frequently told PSL swimmers, that light is not given to everyone but only shines on the path of the just.

It is not for the backslider, the hypocrite or the compromiser.

God’s light, which brings wisdom, truth and understanding, is only for the just and righteous people.

Soguilon said, “Keep the faith, keep honoring God, God will reward you. He will crown all your effort with victory.”

Another victorious PSL bet was Jerard Dominic Jacinto – a 14-year old tanker from MCUR3 swimming club.

Jacinto broke the Philippine junior 100m backstroke record with a time of 1:01.25.

The other triumphant PSL swimmers from National Capital Region, Bicol, Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Cen­tral Visayas, Northern Min­danao, Davao and Soccsksargen were Rio Lorenzo Malapitan, Isis Arnaldo, Thea Soguilon-Canda, Aubrey Sean Bermejo, Lucio Cuyong 2nd, Michael Gabriel Lozada, Gene Heart Quiambao, Monica Añonuevo, Zhakira Idulsa, Fritz Jun Rodriguez, Erica Louise Suelan, Marie Joe Borres, James Peter Hernandez, Christian Paul Anor, Ryan Marco Tirol, Stefanny Louise Sa-ac, Lyndon Herrera, Julie Mary Occeno and Lyxynn Jade Ladrillo.

To God be the Glory!

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