THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), under Chairman Richie Garcia, has no power to interfere with the internal decision of any national sport associations.
Garcia’s Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy explained that the PSC is not authorized to meddle with any national sport associations in order to avoid a government intervention that could lead to the country’s International Olympic Committee suspension.
“All NSAs under the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) are autonomous in nature and the PSC can’t interfere to avoid a serious sanction from the IOC,” said Iroy. “Our role is to approve budget request from NSAs.”
Government intervention is considered a serious violation in the IOC charter.
“It is the decision of the POC and the SEA Games task force to include athletes in the SEA Games. We have no authority to meddle,” said Garcia, noting that they can’t do anything if the NSAs do not endorse their desire athletes.
The PSC is requesting a P182.3 million budget for 2014 during a Senate plenary session, but Senator Pia Cayetano threatened to reduce the budget or even remove the whole request.
“The SEA Games task force is the one that approves the athletes in the SEA Games and the NSAs are the one that endorse athletes,” he explained. “If they will decrease our budget, we might have a problem next year because our budget is small.”
The POC remains mum on the issue.