Banned Geisler wants truth, jus­tice

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - SPORTS - IAN SUYU

Former Olympian Don­nie Geisler ex­pressed frus­tra­tion over his ex­pul­sion from the Philip­pine Taek­wondo As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA).

Geisler, who rep­re­sented the coun­try in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, tagged his ex­pul­sion from the fed­er­a­tion as an “un­ex­pected” and “un­for­tu­nate” de­ci­sion.

We still want to get to the bot­tom of this is­sue, we know that there’s truth that must be heard com­ing from my side.

He said all ac­cu­sa­tions hurled at him by fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials were base­less and were just meant to stop him from pur­su­ing his busi­ness and pas­sion in teach­ing the sport.

“From the looks of it, these are all base­less and in­tended to cre­ate lever­age against me,” said Geisler in a state­ment that came a day af­ter the PTA an­nounced that he had been de­clared as per­sona non-grata.

“The truth is on my side and I will con­tinue with this up­hill bat­tle un­til such time that dis­crim­i­na­tory ac­tions are stopped and jus­tice is served.”

The feud be­tween Geisler and the fed­er­a­tion that gave him a break dur­ing his play­ing days had been sim­mer­ing for the past few months.

It started when Geisler in­vited na­tional ath­letes Sa­muel Mor­ri­son and Ar­ven To­lentino to con­duct on­line train­ing in his Don­nie Geisler Taek­wondo Train­ing Cen­ter with­out seek­ing per­mis­sion from the PTA.

It didn’t sit well with the fed­er­a­tion as it slapped Mor­ri­son and To­lentino with sus­pen­sion while ban­ning other na­tional team mem­bers from do­ing busi­ness with him.

Geisler filed a case be­fore the Philip­pine Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis­sion last May, say­ing that what the fed­er­a­tion’s de­ci­sion was dis­crim­i­na­tory and anti-com­pet­i­tive against him.

Two months later, he filed a pair of le­gal cases, this time li­bel and cy­ber li­bel al­le­ga­tions against PTA sec­re­tary gen­eral Rocky Sam­son.

Last Mon­day, the PTA for­mally cut its ties with its former golden boy as Manolo Gabriel, the PTA sanc­tion com­mit­tee chair­man, an­nounced that they have de­clared Geisler per­sona non-grata and stripped him of his rights and priv­i­leges as mem­ber of the fed­er­a­tion.

“We still want to get to the bot­tom of this is­sue, we know that there’s truth that must be heard com­ing from my side,” Geisler said.

“Now, we are do­ing our moves. We are go­ing to an­swer this soon. I’m sure this will not end here. A lot of things will be com­ing along the way.”

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