In a sudden twist of events, now it’s Philippine Sports Commission’s turn to run after a Filipino athlete, warning him of being being removed from the priority list of athletes if he won’t participate at this year’s SEA Games in Myanmar.
Grandmaster Wesley So, a potential SEA Games gold medalist in Myanmar has debunked the National Chess Federation of the Philippines’ claim that he has committed himself to play in Myanmar.
World No. 41 Wesley So told The STAR on his twitter account that nothing is confirmed yet.
His refusal to confirm his SEA Games stint is due to the fact that NCFP, PSC and POC have refused to acknowledge his gold medal feat at the World University Games in Kaza, Russia last July.
“As much as we want to recognize his accomplishment and give him his incentive, we really can’t. There must be a recommendation from his national sports association (NSA), in this case the NCFP, for us to act on it,” said PSC Commissioner Richie Garcia.
“If he skips the SEA Games and he has no tournament equivalent to the SEA Games to show, there’s a strong chance he will be removed from the priority list,” Garcia added.
Once removed from the priority list of athletes, So will no longer receive a monthly stipend of P40,000 and will no longer be entitled for a funding in any international training tournaments of his choice.
What’s worst in this turn of event, Wesley So has now shown interest in suiting up for another country, Canada or USA, in the near future, after the local sports officials’ shabby treatment.
Garcia, however, hopes things will be resolved soon.
“I hope they talk things over because it will be a big loss if So plays for another country,” said Garcia.