Doble: Strike Three

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By Henry G. Doble

Take Two

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

“YOU’RE out,” shouted the umpire when the ball smacks at the catcher's gloves.

This is likened to the case of a taekwondo jin who finished first but gave up her award after caught red-handed that the document submitted by her coach was that when she is in Grade 6.

The poor girl was already in Grade 7 at Bacolod Christian College of Negros when she made her mark in the Nopsscea (Negros Occidental Private Schools Sports, Cultural and Educational Association) martial art mat. Problem is she competed in the 12 under category. Grade 7 is considered high school, not elementary.

Just like the Philippines female swimmer stripped of the gold after the protest by Thailand in the Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, it must have been devastating.

In the local jin's case, who played the culprit? The coach? The school officials who certified that the student is a bonafide student enrolled in such grade?

Is the Nopsscea Screening Committee blind and has no way of double checking the entries shoved at their laps? Are there no previous records or data in Nopsscea computers to validate lineups submitted for scrutiny?
Maybe the Nopsscea Building at Panaad should be used as the Center for Scrutiny, gather all those computers donated to schools which are gathering dusts and have it repaired for use of next year's Screening Committee.

It would be better for Nopsscea to hire or create a task force solely for the screening of athletes. The ones tasked to do the job must not come from Nopsscea member-schools to eliminate bias and prejudice as well as to erase doubts.

Schools must be given ample time to prepare their athletes’ documents and once a deadline is given, it must be strictly adhered to. There should be no exception to the rule and nobody should be allowed to play God.

If in case, cheaters get away with it and allowed to play, a stiff penalty must be awarded to schools if discovered to have "fooled" the screening committee.

Even those documents from National Statistics Office must be double checked and verified as Nopsscea has been lenient on photocopied birth certificates and other credentials presented prior to competition.

Even the Nopsscea Rule Book must be reviewed as there are cases that policies and guidelines have been used to the advantage of those who only knew such "rules" exist.

Nopsscea, like the Provincial Meet that just ended, must choose people who know the sport and who have the training and skills to manage the event. The provincial sports competition, like the Nopsscea, has no media center to speak of.

Where has all the chairman of press relations and media coordinators gone?

Those excellent student-writers in elementary and high school should have been organized and the provincial meet should have been as their final test.

Media outlets could have made use of the students’ skills and at the same time these new writers should have given enough coverage to all the games played in different venues.

Enough said. It is easy to say but hard to do.

We'll see you next year.*

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 17, 2013.


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