March 3, 2024

The election for the new board of trustees of the Philippine Swimming Inc. (PSI) is set on June 15 under stringent guidelines and precise timelines.

World Aquatics approved of the election formulated by an electoral committee which the international federation created to establish guidelines for the exercise.

Guidelines and policies for the elections are available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ml604Z2GZwxGGXASjGY9xzv173KDPnoN/edit.

The committee is composed of Philippine Olympic Committee Secretary-General Edwin Gastanes as chair and POC legal chief Wharton Chan, with Avelino Sumagui and Marcus Antonius Andaya as members.

Their appointment to the committee was approved by the World Aquatics through Executive Director Brent Nowicki.

“The guidelines and policies have been established in such a way that they adhere to IF policies and certified instructions and are comprehensively inclusive of all stakeholders – regional representation and the sport’s disciplines,” Chan said.

To be elected are 11 members of the board of trustees based on geographical sector plus one member from among the representatives of diving, open water swimming, water polo and artistic swimming.

The geographical sector covers two each from Area 1 (National Capital Region), Area 2 (Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera), Area 3 (Regions 4-A, 4-B and 5), Area 4 (Regions 6, 7 and 8) and Area 5 (Regions 9, 10, 11, 12, Caraga, and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao).

All clubs are required to register through the electoral committee email [email protected].

As instructed by the World Aquatics, the electoral committee is suspending the requirement of active membership because of the pandemic when compliance was difficult for all clubs.

Participation in the national qualifying event for the Cambodia Southeast Asian Games at the New Clark City last February will be one of the bases for club membership.

Clubs which did not participate in the qualifiers will be subjected to validation by the electoral committee, while member clubs of the PSI will be automatically considered.

Details of the June 15 elections will be announced later. – Press release