Calling for unity is one thing. Making it happen is another. In the fractious world of Philippine sports, you have to own up to some difficult decisions at times.
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.
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 real problem of sports in our country is that the people who really care about sports don’t have money, while the people who have money don’t really care about 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.