by leonard paul palo
PhilCycling Deputy Secretary General for Southern Mindanao Sal-vador ‘Jun’ Paholio Jr. is calling for immediate re-forms and a no non-sense re-organization of the Integrated Cycling Federa-tion of the Philippines, specifically its national coaches and riders follo-wing their dismal perfor-mance in the recent South-east Asian Games (SEAG) in Malaysia.
In a statement to the Mirror yesterday, Paholio who also celebrated his birthday said, it would clearly be a waste of time and much needed resources (funding and equipment) for our riders here to still participate in qualifying events, like the Batang Pinoy or the Philippine National Games that supposedly serve as a selection process for aspiring members of the national squad, when in the end, those who worked hard and earned their spot in the team wouldn’t even get the chance to be a part of it or much less see action carrying the nation’s flag.
“Mahirap yung ga-nun. This has been the usual problem pagdating sa sports dito sa bansa natin. Andyan pa rin ang ‘Bata-Bata’ o ‘Point Sys-tem’ pagdating sa selec-tion ng riders tapos di nabibigyan ng chance ang mga talagang nag-papakahirap at nagsisi-kap para lang makasali o maging part ng team,” he stressed.
Paholio cited that whatever basis the fede-ration, under the leadership of its current president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolen-tino had for the selection of the team for the 29th SEAG was completely lacking and not in accor-dance with what was earlier agreed on by the national sports governing body, namely the PSC (Philippine Sports Com-mission) and their NSA.
“I really don’t know the qualification of the other riders but some of the coaches are not even that experienced sad to say when it comes to internatio-nal competitions. And hindi lang ako ang may ganitong hinaing marami sa PhilCycling regional level na din ang nagta-taka,” he said.
Paholio further hinted that if this kind of trend or practice continues and if their pleas for a re-organi-zation fall on deaf ears, then he will recommend to the city, thru the Sports Development Division under its head Michael Aportadera, that the city inhibit itself from joining national cycling events like those in the Batang Pinoy Games and the Philippine National Games, since it would be an exercise in futility.