Talentino received a positive response to the Standing Act of the Compulsory National Party

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File – POC President Bumble Talentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.net

Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham “Bumblebee” wants to make it illegal for the Talentino League and schools to prevent athletes from being fit for the national team.

And he said his proposal has the support of multiple lawmakers.

“We’ve heard a lot of noise about players who aren’t allowed to play for the country because the league or their schools refuse to let them into the national team,” said Talentino, who will lobby for legislation that would be needed. Schools, leagues and clubs need to release their players to the national team when they need to.

“I urge the upcoming 19th Congress to pass a national law that would allow the participation of all stakeholders in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, the Asian Games and even the Olympics to prioritize the participation of athletes,” said Talentino, the deputy speaker of the House Performing duties.

Acquiring top talent services has been a common problem for national programs that have the commitment of athletes’ clubs or schools. In recent SEA games, for example, the top collegiate basketball standouts have failed to qualify for the national team due to their promotion in the varsity league.

“I am referring to lending to the national team in all sports, not just basketball. It will be for the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association), UAAP (University Athletic Association of the Philippines), NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and all sports stakeholders, “added the city mayor.

Tolentino said he had raised the issue with many senators and delegates who supported his recommendation.

“It should be one of the solutions. Prioritize the flag regardless of your affiliation,” said Talentino.

Once the law is passed, Talentino’s advice will give the national team the option of more players to form the best possible lineup in overseas meetings without the approval of the league, club or school.

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