For now, a review of the constitution and bylaws of the Philippine Swimming Inc. will have to do.
Philippine Olympic Committee legal counsel Wharton Chan said this after the FINA, the world governing body for swimming, withdrew its recognition of the PSI.
“We have to review the bylaws of PSI and check whether it is in harmony with FINA rules. Further, we will determine whether there is transparency in the acceptance of members and clubs, provided the said members comply with the rules stated in their bylaws,” said Chan.
The board of trustees of the PSI have appealed the decision of FINA and sought clarification.
They were informed last Dec. 3 of the FINA’s move and its actions to establish a Stabilization Committee to run the PSI’s day-to-day operations.
A new body which will take over the PSI as an accredited governing body for swimming in the Philippines is not yet in the minds of the POC Stabilization Committee, though.
But once done, the Stabilization Committee will create an electoral reforms committee, which will discuss possible election scenarios.
Seeking electoral reforms is among the things that their committee has been mandated to by FINA, according to Chan, who added he was not aware of any group or body that will replace the present leadership of the PSI, under its current president Lani Velasco.