Report on karate probe out next week
THE probe on allegations that several national karatedo athletes did not fully receive their allowances during their 20-day training stint in Germany last July is almost over.
A report is expected to be out in a week’s time.
Commissioner Ramon Fernandez, who is monitoring the progress of the investigation, said this and added that the Philippine Sports Commission expects its legal department to come up with its own findings.
“Maybe in a week’s time we’ll have a report from our lawyers or task force or the NBI with regards to the investigation of karatedo,” said Fernandez.
He added that there are a few more athletes from other national sports associations that are coming out with their complaints.
“But we’re not ready to divulge them yet pending the investigation. We’re looking at the financial assistance that we have given to all NSAs and checking at the veracity of the reports of the other athletes’ (complaints),” Fernandez said.
National Bureau of Investigation agents are in an ongoing probe, questioning athletes, coaches and PKF officials to find out what happened to funds amounting to P3.217 million.
The money was supposed to be spent for the seminars and tournaments joined by the national karatedo team, its accommodations, meals and allowances while the karatekas were in Germany from July 20 to Aug. 9.
While the probe is going on, PSC executive director Atty. Sanna Privaldo will lead a five-man task force that will also look into the case and cooperate with investigators of the NBI.
Fernandez said that there are two more junior athletes who have come forward with their complaints.
“We’re looking at the veracity of this report, open for everybody to approach us, it’s just a matter of time before we got to the bottom of this,” added Fernandez.
The task force is composed of Privaldo, lawyer Dennis Apostol and agents of the NBI.
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