PHILIPPINE Sports Commission chairman Ricardo Garcia hopes the bureau's recent pact with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) will address concerns regarding detailed service of soldier-athletes to the government sports agency.
The PSC, AFP and Philippine Olympic Committee signed a memorandum of agreement Thursday at Camp Aguinaldo that calls for mutual understanding between the three agencies.
A vast number of athletes in the PSC’s payroll are also members of the different arms of the military like the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
In order for those athletes to be able to train outside barracks, the PSC makes a request to the AFP for the athletes to be issued an official detailed service.
Garcia said one of the issues that will hopefully be addressed is soldier-athletes who don’t report to training while being detailed at the PSC.
“I’m receiving reports of soldiers who are detailed in the PSC pero hindi sumisipot sa training,” Garcia said. “These are things that we really have to watch for.”
“There are reports of ghost athletes who don’t report for training or practice. These are the concerns of the AFP officers. With this MOA, we hope to make sure that the athletes are really in training and that no such thing will happen,” Garcia said.