Infractions force PSC to impose stringent rules on Asiad entries
By:Julius Manicad (The Daily Tribune)

Stricter monitoring of athletes training for the 17h Asian Games in Incheon, Korea will be enforced by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will assemble a team that will closely monitor the training and preparation of athletes vying for slots in the 17th Asian Games.

PSC executive director Guillermo Iroy yesterday said a monitoring team composed of venue managers and other personnel were tasked to check on the athletes preparing for the Asian conclave on Sept. 19.

Iroy admitted the move was caused by the controversial sacking of track and field coaches Joseph Sy and Roselyn Hamero, who allegedly faked their attendance in a training camp in Baguio City.

Sy and Hamero — removed from the PSC's roster of coaches effective this month — appealed the decision. The Philippine Olympic Committee is probing their cases.

Iroy also revealed some athletes from canoe kayak were also caught forging their signatures in the PSC's attendance sheet.

"We have to ensure that everybody is properly monitored -- be it national athletes or their coaches," said Iroy, who is expected to be designated by PSC chairman Ritchie Garcia to lead the monitoring body.

Iroy, however, clarified that the PSC's involvement is limited to attendance, food and use of training facilities.

"The technical aspect (of their training) still depends on the NSAs (national sports associations). We will not interfere with that. We just want to make sure that everybody is coming in and performing their respective duties as members of the national team."

The creation of a monitoring team was first implemented during the tenure of former PSC chief William "Butch" Ramirez.

The Philippines went on to win the overall crown in the Manila Southeast Asian Games in 2005 followed by an impressive performance in the Doha Asian Games the following year, where the Philippines took home four gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.

"We have to hold everybody accountable," he said. "After all, what we're doing is for Team Philippines."