Sports

SEA Games: Top Karateka Kicked Off National Team

The six-peat gold medalist funded his own training.
IMAGE PIXABAY
Comments

James De Los Santos is arguably the best karateka in the country, with a collection of six gold medals from the Philippine National Games (PNG). He was expecting to compete at the SEA Games, which starts on November 30, but he revealed how his national sports association (NSA) Karate Pilipinas Inc (KPI) decided not to include him in the lineup of national athletes competing for the SEA Games.

James De Los Santos

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

“I’ve been quiet and wanted to take a break from social media. But I’ve been seeing what’s happening lately, so it’s time for me to speak up,” said De Los Santos in a Facebook post.

“You abandoned me in Manila and did not put me in the lineup. Your orchestrated evaluation was a sham. You did this because of all the reasons I stated. I am just an athlete who has very high aspirations to achieve the best for my country and you robbed me of my right.”

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

De Los Santos was referring to his training in Japan and the Kata style of Shotokan he learned there, which he claimed the local coaches did not want him to use for the SEA Games.

“When I returned to Manila, my coaches were trying to reverse the training and teachings that I learned in Japan. Every time I would try to share with them what I learned in Japan, they would shrug it off and correct more of what I learned and basically were trying to make me go back to what I was doing before in my kata, before I left for training in Japan,” he said.

According to Delos Santos, his coaches at KPI continued to snub him despite the results of his training in Japan. But according to KPI president Richard Lim, De Los Santos did not pass the standards of the national team coaches and the foreign head coach because of "many reasons."

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"Many reasons. Past and present performance and final selection [are] done by the coaches and our foreign head coach," Lim told Rappler.

Read the full text of Delos Santos’ post below.

Comments
View More Articles About:
Recommended Videos
About The Author
Mario Alvaro Limos
Features Editor
View Other Articles From Mario
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Here are the origins of some Filipino slang used in the past 50 years.
 
Share
On December 26, a solar eclipse will be visible for three hours and 15 minutes.
 
Share
Meanwhile, America's torture aficionados have gone on to cozy careers in journalism and academia and the courts.
 
Share
Reports say the company has yet to make money three years after its inception
 
Share
Add the Torsion X and ZX Torsion to your Christmas wishlist.
 
Share
Offering sea-and-sky views and an abundance of food and drink, the new restaurant and bar is the best place to unwind.
 
Share
Because how else would a distillery celebrate an anniversary?
 
Share
The traditional barrel man, made from Mahogany and by woodcarvers on Asin Road, is now on a made-to-order basis.
 
Share
If you’re stuck here for the holidays, you might as well spend it somewhere with colder climes.
 
Share
Load More Articles
Connect With Us