PSI in­sists only Fina-rec­og­nized swim body can con­duct nat’l try­outs

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NO en­tity can se­lect the mem­bers of the Philip­pine swim­ming team to the 30th South­east Asian Games other than the lo­cal swim body rec­og­nized by the In­ter­na­tional Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion or Fina.

The le­git­i­mate of­fi­cers of the Philip­pine Swim­ming, Inc. yes­ter­day no­ti­fied the PSI gen­eral mem­ber­ship in a memorandum not to en­ter­tain a group that falsely an­nounced an open try­outs for the na­tional team.

“It has come to our at­ten­tion that a group led by Eric Buhain and Car­los Brosas have an­nounced open try­outs for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions of the South­east Asian Games to be held in the Philip­pines later this year,” said the memorandum is­sued by the PSI Board of Trustees.

“They also claimed to have opened on­line reg­is­tra­tion for par­tic­i­pa­tion in these try­outs claim­ing to rep­re­sent Philip­pine Swim­ming Inc.,” added the state­ment which was cir­cu­lated to all PSI reg­is­tered mem­bers na­tion­wide.

The duly elected of­fi­cers of the swim as­so­ci­a­tion ve­he­mently de­nounced the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion since Buhain and Brosas are not mem­bers of the PSI, which is also rec­og­nized by the Asian Swim­ming Fed­er­a­tion (AASF).

“Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the South­east Asian Games swim­ming com­pe­ti­tion can only be achieved un­der the aus­pices of the PSI, AASF and Fina,” said the memorandum.

“Clearly, the group led by Buhain and Brosas are mis­lead­ing the gen­eral pub­lic as to the true lead­er­ship of Philip­pine Swim­ming Inc., as well as their author­ity to con­duct any swim­ming com­pe­ti­tions with an aim to­wards par­tic­i­pat­ing in the South­east Asia Games,” it added.

The memorandum ex­plained that a new set of PSI of­fi­cers and board of trustees headed by Lailani Ve­lasco as pres­i­dent were prop­erly and validly elected on Fe­bru­ary 17, 2018.

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