THE Stabilization Committee tasked by World Aquatics to temporarily run the affair of Philippine swimming clarified that ‘status quo’ was imposed with regards on the current members of the National Team including those in the developmental and training pool.
Stabilization Committee head Atty. Wharton Chan said even the current members of the coaching staff of the Philippine swimming squad will stay until the formation and recognition of a new swimming association from both the World Aquatics and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
“Wala pong inaalis sa line-up. As far as the Stabilization Committee is concern status quo po sa isyu ng mga miyembro ng National Team and coaching staff. Ilang buwan na lang po at lalaban na tayo sa Southeast Asian Games kaya hindi tama na baguhin natin ang current line-up. Tuloy lang po ang training ng mga atleta at kung sino ang isubmit ng coaching staff sa Committee yun po ang susuportahan natin,” said Chan, also the POC legal counsel.
The SEA Games is slated May 5-17 in Cambodia.
Chan said that the Stabilization Committee which included POC deputy secretary general Bones Floro and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) senior vice president Arrey Perez had already made several amendment and the ‘new by-laws and constitution’ for Philippine swimming federation was already transmitted to the International swimming body.
“We’re just awaiting the WA response. Once maibalik na sa amin ito, immediately we will call an election. Kung sino ang mga stakeholders na kasama rito, na pinpoint na po namin ang mga ito kaya makakaasa kayo na yung mga lehitimong stakeholders ang magpapatakbo ng bagong swimming association,” said Chan.
Chan warned the public and the whole swimming community to be cautious and vigilant on fake information as WA was clear on its memorandum that only ‘the Stabilization Committee’ has the sole authority running the affairs of Philippine swimming until the establishment of new ‘swimming body’.
“Huwag po tayong makikinig at maniniwala sa mga fake news sa social media. Wala na po ang PSI sa listahan ng WA, wala na po silang control sa affair ng Philippine swimming sa international federation,” said Chan.
Although Chan acknowledged that PSI as a Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered group, can still exists as a local swimming association but no longer enjoy the authority to represent the country in any WA-sanctioned event.
“Wala namang problema, basta hindi sila lumalabag sa batas. Pero, klaro po na wala na sila sa poder para katawanin ang bansa. Nasa ating mga kababayan na ang desisyon kung sasama pa rin sila sa PSI,” added Chan.
The World Aquatics in a landmark decision last December has withdrawn its recognition to the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) as well to all its Board members headed by Lailani ‘Lani’ Velasco after failing ‘to adhere to practices of good governance, transparency, financial accountability and stability, participation in FINA events, or puts at risk the organization and development of Aquatics in their country.”
Photo: Jamine Mojdeh, a national junior mainstay and semifinalist in the World Junior Swimming Championships last year in Lima, Peru.