THE PHILIPPINESface the same problems as
Malaysia where sports associations have internal problems.
least two associations — Philippines Swimming Inc (PSI) and Philippines Lawn
Tennis Association (Phita) — are in a mess with the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games less
than four months away.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) last week installed two-time Olympian Ral
Rosario — 1972 Munich and 1976 Montreal Games — as acting president of PSI in a
move aimed at rescuing the sport from sinking deeper into the abyss.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had to assist in resolving the issues faced
by National Archery Association of Malaysia (NAAM) who have been plagued with
are expected to hold fresh elections soon.
have similar problems and will hold elections on April 28.
are unsure whether this will end the impasse at the troubled association which
has been the subject of a bitter power struggle between entrenched old guards
and a group identified as reformers.
election will decide if Jean Henri Lhuillier will replace the faction that has
ruled the association for more than three decades.
dissatisfaction with Philta leadership boiled over during a reorganisational
meeting last February that saw Lhuillier’s group stage a walk out and force POC
to nullify the results of the election.
sounds like Malaysian associations.
Carrion, the chef-de-mission for the KL Games, admitted the internal problems
are derailing their preparations, but expressed confidence the issues would be
resolved quickly by POC and Philippines Sports Commission (PSC).
I. Ramirez, 65, was hand-picked last July by President Rodrigo Duterte to helm
was a PSC commissioner in 2000 and chairman in 2005, the year the Philippines
won the overall title in the SEA Games.
left PSC after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
did not join the Philippines delegation to the Rio Olympics last August as he
wanted to focus on preparing the team for the SEA Games in Malaysia.
his early challenges was PSC were asked to vacate their present main training
centre at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex as it was ear-marked for
Wednesday he received good news when the National Historial Commission of the
Philippines declared Rizal Memorial a national historial landmark, thus
preventing it from being demolished or converted into something else.
had also touched on problematic NSAs, clarifiying “athletes and coaches will
continue to enjoy our support” while issues are being thrashed.
arbitration committee has been installed to oversee efforts to clear
unliquidated accounts, settle intra-organisational conflicts and other issues
which affect the effective management of athletes.
NSAs too were given a reminded to manage their associations when Sports
Minister Khairy Jamaluddin was speaking at a campaign to combat corruption in sports
organised by the Sports Commissioner’s Office at National Sports Institute in
our best efforts will not become reality without strong governance among sports
bodies. For excellence in sports, it is important for sports organisation management
to be on the right track,” said Khairy.
Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission deputy chief commissioner (operations)
Datuk Azam Baki said although sports corruption was not serious, corruption in
sports was more prevalent among public agency officers who abused their power.
on existing data and facts, I see the problem of corruption in sports is more
on the abuse of power by public agency officers in procurement cases.
the past five years, most of the investigations carried out were on the
purchase of equipment or supply of services,” Azam said.
added sports body leaders should know their responsibility to ensure athletes
gave excellent performance and not abuse power by taking advantage of
weaknesses in their respective sports bodies.
administration woes certainly need to be eradicated and heading towards
professionalism, if sports in the region is to progress and meet international
TONY is a sports journalist
with close to four decades’ experience and is passionate about local sports.