By Nick Giongco
FINA, the world governing body for swimming, doesn’t recognize the appointment of two-time Olympian Ral Rosario as acting president of the Philippine Swimming, Inc. (PSI) based on a document sent to acting PSI secretary general Lani Velasco.
It was the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) that assigned Rosario as interim PSI president and work together with Velasco in the pursuit of revising the PSI bylaws so an election can be held.
Rosario entered the picture when he presided over an election last March in Bacolod City and was ‘elected’ as new president in place of the inactive Mark Joseph.
But the FINA, in a letter dated April 21st and signed by executive director Cornel Marculescu, said Rosario’s election was “not in accordance” with the PSI’s constitution.
Marculescu cited a FINA ruling that mandates members to run their affairs independently without being influenced by a third party.
Velasco said the FINA document only shows that the governing body continues to recognize Joseph and herself as being the legitimate officials in the Philippines.
But Velasco insists that the FINA is urging PSI officials to come up with a revised set of laws so they could proceed with a national congress.
With Joseph largely absent the last 18 months, Velasco is the one running the show, performing the association’s daily functions.
Based on records from the Philippine Sports Commission, it is Velasco who runs the show for the PSI as only her correspondence merits a response from the government agency.