Despite being the world-record holder in the 200m. Premier Mixed event, the Philippine dragon boat team was not allowed to participate in the last Asian Games. The team would have won at least two gold medals had it been allowed to participate in the Asiad. The team, however, has managed to move on from the sad experience and continues to practice three times a day for the World Championships in Florida. Even without much support from the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the dragon boat team remains optimistic in bringing pride and honor to the country once again.
The main reason why the team does not get support from the POC and PSC is because its leaders do not belong to the Peping Cojuangco group. The dragon boat federation president and the team's coach and technical director do not see eye to eye with Peping Cojuangco and his men. In fact, one of Cojuangco's men advised the dragon boat team members to elect new leaders before the POC and PSC extend any form of support to the team.
With the meager pool of world-class athletes in the country, Peping Cojuangco and his men should be ashamed for not supporting the Philippine dragon boat team. In fact, they should consider harakiri for even proposing to abolish the team. But then again, shame is something that these politicians do not seem to possess. Is it any wonder then that Philippine sports is in turmoil and at a pitiful state ?