AIMING to give others a chance, businessman-sportsman Mikee Romero declared he won’t be seeking another term as president when the Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) holds its elections on Feb. 16.
Despite a strong clamor for him to seek a complete four-year term this time, Romero politely declined the offer to head one of the country’s most active sports associations, saying there are others who are also capable of running the association.
He also cited that his involvement in several projects of his burgeoning business might limit his involvement in the various activities of the PNSA.
“I will be doing a disservice to the association if I will continue to cling on my position while I’m out most of the time,” said the 41-year-old owner of Harbour Centre who served the association faithfully for a little over 18 months.
Romero took over the remainder of the four-year term left by Olympian Art Macapagal in June of 2011 after he was overwhelmingly voted by the directors of the five aggrupations – shotgun, rifle, pistol, practical Shooting and non-ISSF.
“I will have no more time with my family if I will continue to lead the association,” said Romero, who assured his allies within the PNSA of his continued help in propagating the sport in the country.
Romero will be leaving the federation fully satisfied, saying he has fulfilled his responsibility the best way he can.
He cited the installation of the first electronic target system at the Marine Shooting Range and the expanding of the PNSA members as among his major contributions in the short time that he served as association president.
Likewise, Romero also gave their member shooters the exposures they needed after establishing an excellent working relationship with the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports Commission.
At the same time, Romero managed to convince Asian Shooting Federation president Shiek Salman to give shotgun specialist Brian Rosario a slot in last year’s Summer Olympics in London.
With the help of secretary general Col. Danilo Gamboa, treasurer Marcia Cleofas, and Executive Director Atty. Larry Paredes, Romero has professionalized its office by having a membership data base, and most importantly, the establishment of a merit system.
“Walang favoritism because we have our own merit system. For that, nawala rin ang palakasan,” added Romero, who sometimes had to personally finance the participation of Filipino shooters in international competitions.
Romero is also responsible for the emergence of a new shooting craze – the PNSA Bench Rest rifle group - propagation of the small bore (.22) and big bore rifle groups (.223), and the hosting right for the 2013 Southeast Asian Shooting Association (SEASA) Championship.
The PNSA too, now has its own website.
Aside from being a part owner AirAsia Philippines, Romero is also trying to rebuild his team in the PBA through the Globalport franchise.