Philippine Sports Commission, you depress me

And the same goes for you too, Arnis Philippines, Inc. (ARPI). Recent news about the two of you make me want to cry.

First, this is correct, right?

Office of the President

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)

 National Sports Associations

(For Arnis, it’s Arnis Philippines, Inc. or ARPI)

Batang Pinoy (Philippine Youth Games) is a national grassroots sports program for athletes 15-years old and younger.

And year after year, young athletes train and join regional eliminations with the hope of reaching the finals.

Athletes, including those in Arnis, excited to join the finals.  Photo Credit: sunstar.com.ph
There are many other groups like this all over the Philippines: so excited for the finals.
Photo Credit: sunstar.com.ph

News#1: PSC strikes Arnis off the list of sports in the Batang Pinoy 2013 finals.

Read this letter from PSC to ARPI.

23 October 2013

We regret to inform you that Arnis will not be played in the Batang Pinoy 2013 National Finals….

…your coaches in the Luzon Leg had discipline problem that resulted into the disruption of the conduct of the game (sic)…

…we deemed it best to remove your sport…

And then ARPI wrote a “not so clear” response.

We know that this kind of complaints are not unique to arnis since all sports experience the same kind of incident. ARPI assures that all games are handled professionally in all its activities.

To read those two depressing letters, click here.

WHAT????

ARPI what did you do? Were you so unruly and undisciplined that PSC had the gall to strike you out?

PSC, the words you used in your letter that it’s “best to remove your sport” is heartbreaking and telling of your attitude. Isn’t Arnis our sport? Arnis is as Filipino as anything could be.  If some coaches were undisciplined, why punish the whole sport?

Considering its profound and long-lasting effect, is this your best decision? Really?

And ARPI, what are you doing about it??

To excel in sports, athletes  need to constantly train both body and mind. Competitions get them going. It’s what they thrive on. It’s what makes every sacrifice worthwhile.  Do you know what it’s like for qualified athletes to be stricken out from the finals?

It’s like killing a dream.

News#2:  Senator Pia Cayetano moves to defer the budget of the Philippine Sports Commission; mulls zero allocation for failing to support athletes (November 21, 2013)

Photo credit: www.spin.ph
Photo credit: www.spin.ph

Here’s a press release from the Senate.:

Senator Pia S. Cayetano  moved to defer consideration of the budget next year of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), citing its inability to uphold the interest of Philippine sports…

At the same time, Cayetano threatened a ‘zero budget’ allocation and the possible filing of administrative charges against PSC officials for the latter’s failure to supervise and sanction National Sports Associations (NSAs) which prevented some of the country’s outstanding athletes from competing in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

To read more of this press release, click  here.

Tsk, tsk, tsk. PSC, you better explain to the good senator (and us) what you have been doing. We’re waiting.

Meanwhile, my dear fellow Arnisadors, I guess we just have to continue fending for ourselves. Yes, I know that PSC and ARPI are mainly for Sports Arnis and we still have Combat Arnis and our own FMA groups but still, even just a little more support than what we have now would have been better.

My friends, what are your thoughts on this? Tell me. But first, hand  me some tissues…

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From around the web:

Video: Mr. Raymond Velayo (ARPI President) talks about ARPI and everything it has done and doing for Arnis in the Philippines.  Watch it but mind your eyebrows!

If you have trouble viewing the video, click here.

6 thoughts on “Philippine Sports Commission, you depress me

  1. Michael Rifareal November 23, 2013 / 9:54 AM

    It is politics with business. Maybe they gain more money in Tae Kwon Do than in Arnis.

  2. sandisdiaries November 23, 2013 / 11:09 AM

    How ironic. They made it the national sport and then they won’t support it.

  3. Oliver November 23, 2013 / 8:58 PM

    Too sad for too much politicking even with our so called National Sport, what travesty to the our cultural heritage.

  4. Amecks Naga Garangan November 27, 2013 / 5:15 PM

    I remember when Richard Gomez was very active in representing our country in Sports arena, he himself have said in gist, that they do not receive any support from the government or the support was very less. I am not surprise that up to now they are still doing it. Anyway, I can’t see any concrete ground why Arnis have been stricken off by the PSC. I don’t see why Arnis is not really getting attention that it deserves.😦

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