Very Bad Sports Practices
and Why We Do Not Win in
the Asean, Asian, Olympic Games
Sports feats and achievements represent a country’s pride, honor and prestige in the community of nations.
The overriding desire, determination of certain quarters however, created a situation in the Philippines where undeserving players get to become Olympic-material athletes.
The spirit of competition goes down the drain. Games and results of competitions are rigged and a hugely profitable enterprise thrives in the local amateur sports community.
In the 70s, the turnover involved only several thousands, rising to a hundred, then several hundreds of thousands. Now the figure is in the six-digit to seven-digit category.
In the classic example of De La Salle University (DLSU) for instance, just to produce a champion team, DLSU had to field impostors to play for their university basketball team. Not too fortunate, DLSU got a severe reprieve and a suspension for engaging in the practice.
But how many schools actually employ the same dirty tactic and strategy just to win in competitions?
A lot of schools, but there are no exposés being made since a large number of persons protecting this kind of anomaly make it possible for the secret to be buried deep. Noone, but absolutely no one, could actually document this kind of corrupt practice schools engage in except those that are directly involved in it. Which makes the task of exposing much, more difficult.
When you apply as an athlete to join the Philippine Olympic Team, or if you are a croccy VIP, you check any of the following:
Year : [ ] Games : [ ] CNL [ ] BST [ ] NCR [ ] Visayas [ ] Mindanao [ ] National
(Include LGU/NSA name to be represented)
Type of Application :
[ ] LGU Province/City : ____________________________________________________
[ ] NSA NSA name : ___________________ Province/City : _______________
A Governor/Vice Governor, Mayor/Vice Mayor, Provincial Board members of Host LGU, POC and PSC Board
B Members, POF Exec. Committee, Top Officials of Host LGU, NSA Presidents and Secretary Generals
C Other POF Officials, Committee chairs of the Host LGU, Tournament Directors, Provincial Sports Coordinators
D Technical Officials, Jury, Umpires, Referees, Judges
Fo Coaches, Team Managers, Other NSA Officials, Other Team Officials and Support Staff
Fx Extra Provincial Officials, Assistant Team Managers
G Sponsors , Other VIPs , Guests and Observers
H OTHERS, pls. specify
In truth there is no proper representation of an LGU. Why? With the exception of the drafted athletes of the various military or police, etc. services, schools are usually the sources of our athletes.
In the Palarong Pambansa and other school-based sports events, highest bidding is the basic rule. The higher the bid of the school, the more players from that school running away with the medals.
One of the Department of Education, DepEd syndicates (oh, there are several of them), is deeply engaged in the control of the Palarong Pambansa until the department divested itself of its responsibility for culture and sports. Supposedly this will stop the corruption. It did not.
The country’s athlete selection and vetting process produces players that do not deserve to win in competitions, except for record-breaking discoveries. These are pure talents. But the run-of-the-mill are undeserving shits that do not have an iota of a right to represent the country.
This then justifies the fact that sports does not have a good trickle down policy in the allocation of funds.
Who in their right minds will share money collected from government allocations and private sponsors if the players are not deserving anyway? Tama nga naman ang logic ng mga idiot na sports authorities.
So for the few real athletes that we have, the bulk of those that will represent and have represented the country are pathetically undeserving and do not have the right to wear the flag on their uniforms.
This is repeated on the higher level. It seems our DepEd and now supposedly off-DepEd syndicate controlling sports have their counterparts in the international level.
The wins and inevitably, the medals of selected countries for instance are fraudulently obtained. This could be due to the fact that our local syndicates’ modus operandi can also be patterned in other countries. Ergo, if these foreign athletes do not have the wherewithal to win, at least their patriotic national leaders will do their best to rig the results so their nations will undeservedly reap some or worse, most of the, medals.
Corrupt individuals and entire syndicates will perpetuate this practice for a long time to come. Unless the government takes direct, radical action vs. those engaged in anomalies in the sports sector, we will continue to be producing more fake than real athletes in the coming future.
It is therefore fitting that a comprehensive reform program be launched to weed the various department, agencies, bureaus, offices of the syndicate that controls the fielding of our athletes. Simultaneous with this, is the staging of more and more reliable and honest-to-goodness athlete-selection activities and schools are prohibited from engaging in and giving recruitment pitches to the authorities that handle sports in the country.
We have to have real athletes, determined and resolute athletes that can brave the competitions and have the talent to win and bring the gold for the country. Or at least silver or bronze.
Let’s have real athletes, the country needs them now more than ever!!!