THE row between the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) is getting worse by the day.
On Tuesday, Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) gold medallist Henry Dagmil came out in the open and corroborated earlier allegations that Joseph Sy and Rosalinda Hamero are not doing their respective jobs as national coaches.
They Said It!
““Since napasok ako sa national team noong 2000, wala siyang (national coach coach Joseph Sy) binigay na programa sa akin. Halos on my own ako." SEA Games gold medallist Henry Dagmil
Dagmil admitted Sy hadn’t had a hand in his training and preparation in major international events since he made it to the national team in 2000.
“Since napasok ako sa national team noong 2000, wala siyang binigay na programa sa akin. Halos on my own ako,” said Dagmil, a multi-gold medal winner in the long jump, in a hastily-called press conference at the office of sports commissioner Jolly Gomez.
Dagmil, though, acknowledged Sy was the one who paved the way for his inclusion in the national team, he being his coach at Mapua.
A three-time SEA Games gold medal winner including the 2013 edition of the biennial meet last year, Dagmil acknowledged how powerful Sy – and to some extent Hamero - have become within Patafa.
“Halos parang presidente na siya ng Patafa lalo na noong hindi nagpupunta sa office si Mr Go Teng Kok. Binantaan na rin niya ako na tatanggalin sa team,” said the 32-year-old Dagmil.
Reached for comment, Sy said he’s rather keep mum about the matter, saying the issue is now being investigated by the PSC.
Dagmil is the first high-profile national athlete to validate the earlier accusation of Gomez that Sy and Hamero are not actually attending to the needs and training of members of the Philippine team.
The Patafa, through Go, had earlier threatened to haul Gomez and the PSC to court after stopped giving the allowances of Sy and Hamero worth P20,000 each, citing negligence on their duties and responsibilities on training the athletes in Baguio City, and tampering the attendance and records of the athletes.