After the Philippine Dragon Boat Team collects zero medals in the Asian Games, the same team suddenly wins 5 golds in the International Canoe Federation’s so-called World Championships. And they flaunt their achievements to charm the Pinoy crowd into providing them more incentives. Are they really worthy of these incentives from government?
If the PCKF sincerely believe that they were unfairly treated, they should just STOP WHINING AND MAN UP. SEND A LETTER COMPLAINT TO THE INDONESIAN HOSTS. But they had better make sure they have proof of their serious allegations.
It is now abundantly clear that some people in the POC have never been after the welfare of the athletes, but look at them instead as indentured servants. The problem they now face is a leadership that will not back down or bend over for them.
A PCKF win in the ICF World Championships, after failing miserably in the recently-concluded Asian Games, will only validate the view that the ICF World Championships is nothing but fun games for ICF teams that have an interest in dragon boating.
POC’s assertion that dragon boating is a discipline of canoe is ethically dubious and ill-presumed. Here in the Philippines, Canoeing started much later than dragon boat in the Philippines, majority of their 1st batch National Team Members came from the dragon boat sport.
To the POC: the ethical and correct thing to do is to let the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation handle Philippine Dragonboating. Reinstate them as the National Sports Association (NSA) for Dragon Boating. They were among the world standard bearers in the sport before. They deserve that right.