Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH
MANILA, Philippines – The problems of Philippine karatedo has kept it in the doldrums all these years, but the pioneers of the sport want to fight back and bring it back to life.
For 7 years, the original governing body of the sport – the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) 1987 – was locked in the cellar by then Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Peping Cojuangco.
Now that Cojuangco is no longer at the helm of the POC, the PKF 1987 said it wants to purge the sport of "fake" practictioners, including the leadership of its rival karatedo association under Joey Romasanta.
The Cojuangco-led POC booted out PKF 1987 as the karatedo's national sports association and recognized Romasanta's PKF-NSA. Romasanta is a close ally of Cojuangco.
PKF 1987 wants its POC recognition restored.
"We earnestly believe that our SEC registered Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 Inc will be given back its NSA recognition, to administer the practice of karatedo in our country and the right to represent the Philippines in the SEA and Asian Games, World Championships and in the future World Olympics," said PKF 1987 president Jose "Joe" D. Manansala in his open letter.
In line with POC's suspension of PKF-NSA, the former 2005 Southeast Asian Games karatedo tournament director also denounced the appointment of former taekwondo jin Jobet Morales, who was recently tasked to oversee the training of the national karatedo team.
"As a member of the national group, ang tingin [ko] ay pinaghahalo ang langis at tubig kind of situation," said Manansala during the PSA forum on Tuesday, May 8.
(As member of the national group, I think that they are mixing oil and water.)
"Iba ang discipline ng taekwondo sa discipline ng karate and because of that napwersa ulit kami lumabas at sabihin sa kanya na mali ang ginagawa nila [POC]."
(Taekwondo and karate are different disciplines and because of that, we were forced to come out say that the POC is wrong.)
Manansala also labelled Romasanta as a "fake" Kyoshi blackbelt who has led Philippine karatedo to a medalless run in the last 7 years. The last straw, said Manansala, was when Romasanta "lauded" the recent taekwondo-karatedo training agreement.
"Mr. Romasanta lauding the taekwondo-karatedo training agreement clearly shows his lack of concern and the character of fake karate practitioner," said Manansala in his letter..
"A well-oriented and trained karateka would feel a great loss of honor, pride and sense of belonging by allowing his national team [to be] trained by one belonging to another discipline."
Full letter of Joe Manansala: