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.
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.
The POC remains the same. It still maintains its protectionist stand over favored sports associations. Perhaps it is time for the PSC and the affected athletes to make a united stand against the injustice, the corruption, the serious damage the POC has dealt Philippine Sports.
The campaign to win back our pride in Philippine Sports does not end with the ouster of Peping. We must continue pushing, so that the new POC does not think it’s ‘business as usual’ for them.