MANILA, Philippines – Filipino bodybuilders have been disqualified from the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, due to miscommunication over a technical handbook, said Bumble Tolentino, president of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
In a report by Agence France-Presse, the Philippines, made up of eight men and one woman, was disqualified from competing in a bodybuilding event after failing to issue a doping certificate as part of its anti-doping rules.
During his interview with ABS-CBN’s Rundown on Tuesday morning, Tolentino joked that neither the bodybuilding team nor the POC had received a copy of the technical handbook, which was distributed last December.
“The technical handbook was delivered last December 8. They should have alerted us when we did not receive the handbook,” said Tolentino in the Filipino, adding that he learned of the problem when he arrived in Vietnam on May 11.
But he wondered why Chef de Mission Ramon Fernandez and other sports officials, who have been in Hanoi since May 1, were also unaware.
“At the delegate registration meeting on May 1, our officials are already here, as I have already announced. The CDM is here, we should have seen that it is still there so it will not come for appeal… it is still there, if he finds it now, “Tolentino said.
[The chef-de-mission and other officials arrived last May 1. If they were aware, it could have been addressed.]
“And, I’m not blaming anyone. Is it the fault of the ship’s owner or the ship’s captain? It’s a communication problem. My only fault is that I was appointed captain of that ship, “he added.
In addition to the failure to issue doping certificates, the technical committee also questioned the non-affiliation of Filipino bodybuilders to the Asian Bodybuilding Federation.
It is unfortunate that our bodybuilding team will no longer compete in their respective events at the 31st SEA Games.
IFBB Philippines posted on Friday, May 13, 2022
The POC chief said he was not immediately notified of the issue because he could support the bodybuilders to the local organizing committee, as they did because of the suspension of the Filipino Tennis Athletes by the National Sports Association (NSA) and the pitch at EJ. Obina.
“As for (lack of recognition from the International Federation), their NSA was not transparent to me,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. Their names have already been listed as part of the delegation. “
Tolentino also refused to grant his appeal, but the bodybuilding technical committee ruled against the Filipinos competing.
“My appeal is still pending. I told them (Vietnam organizers) that we are here not only to compete, but also for our friendship, camaraderie and unity of our region.
“But the problem is the rules. The technical representatives did not allow them for that reason. But I don’t know if there is politics about it. They saw that I really did the research and completed eight athletes, “he added.
Talentino believes it could be three medals for the bodybuilding squad. But he wants to move forward and resolve their issues with the international federation as he hopes the national team will free itself in the 2023 Cambodia SEA Games.
“We have to move on. And correct our mistakes. We need to be transparent and have open communication, “he said.
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