Swim body seeks change in POC

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    ABUCAY, Bataan — The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) on Saturday strongly demanded change in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) led by Jose “Peping” Cojuangco as president.

    “Rules were violated, not only rules but law violated by the POC. It must be fixed before anything else. The system is not fixed because athletes are deprived of participation, the good ones not selected,” Susan Papa, PSL president, said.

    She demanded immediate action. “The system must be changed. Change must be now,” she said.

    She said there was a rally last September 21 against Cojuangco led by Boy Castaneda of Volleyball Sports. Papa said that former Senator Nikki Coseteng, PSL chairperson, and she were part of the group calling for change in POC.

    Papa was at the Sibul Nature Park in Abucay, Bataan to supervise the swimming competition for boys and girls under six years old to over 15 years old.

    The park owned by the municipal government under Mayor Liberato Santiago, Jr. has the only Olympic-size swimming pool in the province.

    “This is the staging of the 121st PSL national series to select swimmers going to participate in Japan, Dubai and Singapore and for the 2019 Summer World University Games in Napoli, Italy,” the PSL official said.

    More than 250 swimmers from central Luzon provinces, Metro Manila and some from Bicol Region registered and participated, Papa said.

    Bataan Governor Albert Garcia hosted the one-day meet.

    “We hope to organize more swimming events in this province,” Papa said.

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