Vicente: International rules finally-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
AUGUST 17, 2013 was a sad day for our comrades at the University of Baguio, as fire gutted the UB Old Building housing judo, wushu training area and the arnis where the office of coach Ceasar Badicao is also located.
Badicao got caught in the fire trying to save his son, Clifford.
His son is ok but Ceasar unfortunately suffered 2nd and third degree burns on his upper body including his face although there is no clear indication on how severe his injuries are or how it will affect him.
We pray for miracle hoping it would just be simple bruises.
We went rushing to the hospital that day for Ceasar but he was at the operating room at the Sterile Section. He was conscious but doctors said he can only be visited after two days. We requests every arnisadores and non-arnisadores alike who will reach this message to please pray for the quick recovery of Ceasar Badicao and the whole UB arnis team and those who are affected by the fire. For strength, hope and love … this will all pass and everything will be alright! God bless us all!
All athletes dream of reaching the Olympics. It’s an ultimate dream and reaching and playing outside the country is one momentous occurrence for athletes.
The question is how will our athletes match-up against their counterparts in certain countries? This is a dilemma that our athletes face. Instead of adjusting or concentrating on his skills, his focus will be divided.
Here in the Philippines, our athletes maybe the top contenders but are just ordinary player when reaching international competitions.
Our athletes at times are not familiar with international rules the reason they don’t adapt and change their strategy in accordance to the rules and regulation.
Here’s the reason why:
“The Department of Education (DepEd) shall adopt the ARPI rules for all events in the Palarong Pambansa. This is in accordance to Republic Act 10588 otherwise known as Palarong Pambansa Act of 2013. This act includes all the sports events that are played in the Palarong Pambansa.
This law will help identify or discover new talents that maybe future medalists in all local and international competitions in the future.
Gold medals in international competitions such as the Olympics remain a dream because the task force of DepEd for Palarong Pambansa in the past years has refused to follow the International Standards in all the sports.
DepEd did not collaborate with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and its National Sports Association (NSA's) thereby creating confusion for the athlete, coaches, parents and the public on which standard rules to use and which body will act as arbiter.
This is discouraging to worthy athletes that have been cheated and thereby causing them to abandon the sport. Normally, in other countries, the rules they used are in accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) standard.
In case of complaints, they may bring it to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of their country. Furthermore, most of the winners of the Palaro cannot be used by the NSA's in international events immediately because they would lose due to technicality.
Meaning, they have been accustomed to the wrong rules. No wonder gold for the Philippines has been elusive.”
The message clearly state the facts regarding the use of the “DepEd Rules” as irrelevant to tournaments of arnis, be it local, regional and national.
The problem that is always identified does not actually affect the decision of the referees and judges and it is just an excuse to stay in your comfort zone afraid of change.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 23, 2013.