SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
From: Youth and Sports Chairman Rep. Eric Martinez
Esthenellie T. Solis-Allaga
Committee on Youth and Sports Development
VALENZUELA SOLON PRESSES FOR LENIENCY OVER DONALD GEISLER EXPULSION
“We do not treat a two time Olympian that way”, Rep. Eric Martinez, Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports, issued this statement following the decision of the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) to expel two-time Olympian Donald David Geiser.
In a 12-page notice, the PTA's Sanction Committee Chair Dr. Manolo Gabriel informed Geisler that the latter has been "expelled from the Philippine Taekwondo Association and that all rights and privileges granted to him as a PTA member be deemed forfeited and terminated."
The sport governing body also declared Geisler, who played in the 2000 and 2004 Olympiads, persona non grata.
The dispute between Geisler and PTA stemmed from a series of webinars Geisler was putting up for the Donald Geisler Taekwondo Training Center amid the Covid-19 pandemic, whereby he held online taekwondo trainings that involved national players allegedly without proper notice to the federation.
The Olympian, on the other hand, filed multiple complaints against the PTA before the Philippine Competition Commission for various discriminatory and anti-competitive practices, and at the Paranaque prosecutor’s office for libel complaints.
“I understand that there are rules to follow in every association but expulsion, to my mind, appears to be a bit too harsh a punishment for an athlete who represented the country in the 2000 Sydney and the 2004 Athens Olympics, ” Cong. Martinez said.
“Under the PTA’s by-laws, in case of any violation, the Ethics Committee may impose other forms of disciplinary sanctions such as fines, suspension, rebuke or reprimand. It is just quite disheartening to note that PTA has decided to totally sever its ties with its former golden boy,” Martinez added.