Philippine sports officials protest controversial decision to award a bronze medal to Pinay swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi instead of a gold medal
Asking her to swim again after she already won wasn’t right, they said.
Agence France-Presse reports via Inquirer.net that the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has written a letter to officials at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar to protest their decision to strip Filipina swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi off her gold medal after the Thailand team complained of a "false start."
According to the report, the POC asked SEA Games officials return Alkhaldi's gold medal in the 100 meter freestyle event. The 20-year-old swimmer won first place in the competition last week, but she was stripped off her medal after Thailand protested. "A re-swim was then ordered the following day, in which Alkhaldi came in third behind athletes from Thailand and Singapore, respectively."
The Philippine SEA Games task force member Paul Ycasas said the "re-swim" had put the Filipina at a disadvantage since her momentum was already "diminished" when she was asked to swim again. Jeff Tamayo. the head of the Philippine mission to the Myanmar games, "also said the order for a 're-swim' did not follow the rules set up by FINA (International Swimming Federation), the sport's governing body."
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