FORMER national athlete Donnie Geisler expressed dismay with the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) after members of the national team were barred from joining online Zoom classes he is organizing to serve as guest speakers and trainers.
In a lengthy Facebook post, Geisler said he has been organizing online taekwondo classes since the quarantine for students, guesting Olympian Eva Marie Ditan, poomsae world champion Jean Pierre Sabido, and national team members Samuel Morrison and Arven Alcantara in the first few sessions.
Recently, though, Geisler said Pauline Lopez was recently not permitted to join the online conference as guest speaker, and later learned that Morrison and Alcantara were even reprimanded by the PTA for their participation as speakers in the Zoom class that occurred last June 6.
Morrison and Alcantara, who recently won a gold and silver medal, respectively, in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, later resigned from the national team following the sanctions, according to Geisler.
Geisler, who competed in the Olympics in 2000, criticized the PTA in his post in its moves which he described as “dirty tactics.”
“I engage in these activities for the purpose of sharing the sport I love to the youth of our country and sadly the positive and smooth implementation of my programs which we’ve worked so hard for is being affected and destroyed by whims and sports politics.
“My heart is bleeding as well and I deeply apologize to all my students and their parents for this unfortunate situation. I will do my best to stop these dirty tactics aimed to bring me down. It’s high time that we stop these harassment and injustice,” wrote Geisler, owner of the Donnie Geisler Taekwondo Academy while also being part of the coaching staff of the kickboxing national team.
“I have all respects for the people in our association, but sometimes I don’t understand why they suddenly come up with rules that are otherwise non-existent, to undermine the programs I am doing which are also for the good of taekwondo and our students,” he added.
The PTA has yet to respond to attempts to get their side of the matter.
A source, though, said the PTA sanctioned Morrison and Alcantara in violation of the association’s protocol.