by: Lars Andersson Lars Andersson is a foreign freelance correspondent who wrote a scathing article on the state of Philippine Sports in 2016. Here is
The POC does not stand for Perpetuating One’s Corruption. We need new leadership, with new vigor, new ideas, new ideals. You can make that happen. Make your country proud. Make your vote count this July 5.
The movement to Reform Philippine Sports (RP Sports) came into being due to the growing clamor to arrest the tide of disrepute in Philippine Sports. Athletes and sports fans have closed ranks. People are now slowly waking up. Indifferent no more, people now realize that a weak Philippine Sports image will affect the youth of tomorrow. It will also reflect on a weak, ill-disciplined, unprofessional people. It is time for change. A time for Reform and Renewal.
But while this battle may have been won, the war is not over yet. The POC coup pals continue to crawl their way around, hoping to agitate, hoping to tempt other NSAs like the proverbial snake in the garden of Eden. We must remain vigilant.
What makes them deserving when there’s nothing in their credentials to merit another try? What new ideas are they armed with this time to excite us? Shall we allow these coup pals to get back in power?
When Cojuangco was at the helm of the POC then, dubious and newly-created sports associations would suddenly be accredited, while legitimate and long-standing sports organizations were disenfranchised and stripped of their NSA status.