TO PUT TO REST THE ISSUE ON NON-PARTICIPATION OF SOME KARATEKAS IN THE SEAGAMES
- Amid exclusion of Kata player OJ De Los Santos
In any international competition, any participating country must engage in a stringent selection process to determine who from a pool of national athletes will represent it.
KPI is the NSA that is tasked to make the selection for karate. Part of what comprises this arduous task in the selection is TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE, ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE and ATTITUDE or MINDSET.
Like any other selection process, it is always unfortunate that some athletes do not make the cut. In KPI, the selection process was independently performed by the coaches as they have first-hand knowledge on the performances of each and every athlete in the national pool of karatekas.
They monitor also the mindset and attitude of the athletes to see how they approach their discipline. These coaches are beyond reproach and qualified in their respective fields.
In fact, they have been accredited by no other than the Philippine Sports Commission. More on the point, these coaches are likewise accredited by the Asian and World Federations of Karate.
The SEA Games is getting closer by the day and at this point, the pressure is mounting as well. It is even a bigger pressure for us since we are hosting the games and it is for this same reason that we understand the athletes’ lamentations as to why they do not make the cut.
Emotions always run high in these kinds of selection processes. Emotions aside, the coaches have spoken and made their selection based on the criteria they adopted, and not based on personalities who may feel popular or important.
This decision deserves respect and the KPI will not interfere nor pressure the coaches in the selection process to accommodate athletes who did not make the cut. And based on the outcome of the selection process, these athletes deserve to be given the chance to represent the country in the coming SEA Games and most importantly, our support.
Mabuhay ang Atletang Pilipino. /PR