Philippine swimming body rejects national tryouts by unaccredited group

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Posted at Jan 16 2019 12:08 AM

Philippine Swimming Inc. on Monday criticized attempts by another group calling for national-team open tryouts targeting this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

The sport’s national governing body said in a memorandum that an organization led by retired national swimmers Eric Buhain and Carlos Brosas is “misleading” the public and undermining PSI’s authority.

PSI’s status has been confirmed by the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Asian Amateur Swimming Federation, and the International Swimming Federation or FINA

AASF and FINA are the sport’s ruling organizations on the continental and world levels, respectively.

According to the memorandum, a new set of PSI officers and board of trustees, headed by president Lailani Velasco, was elected in a recognized vote on February 17, 2018. Neither Buhain nor Brosas is a part of PSI.

The board said the results of the election were ratified by a majority of swimming clubs from all over the country in a general membership meeting on December 7.

FINA executive-director Cornel Marculescu and president Julio Maglione have recognized Velasco’s election, as has the AASF through secretary-general Taha Al-Kishry.

POC membership committee chair Robert Bachmann confirmed that PSI has the support of the POC, which lifted PSI’s suspension through an executive board resolution.

PSI’s reinstatement was then ratified by the POC general assembly two months ago.

“We have been working together toward the betterment of Philippine aquatics and we hope to be allowed to continue doing so unfettered by baseless claims and accusations, as well as acts aimed at sowing divisiveness and confusion,” the PSI board said.

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