By CLYDE MARIANO
Though she lost the gold and settled for the bronze in the reswim, Jasmine Alkhaldi will still receive P100,000 cash incentive from the Philippine Sports Commission.
“She will get P100,000 as bonus for the gold. She can get her incentive from the PSC anytime of the day next week,” said executive director Guillermo Iroy Jr.
The medalists received their incentives yesterday after a thanksgiving mass held at the Philsports Arena in Pasig in the presence of PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr, commissioners Salvador Andrada, Iggy Clavecilla, and Jolly Gomez, former PSC chief and PATAFA vice chairman Philip Ella Juico, chief of mission Jeff Tamayo, and POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros.
Alkhaldi won the gold in the 100m freestyle. But swimming officials recalled her medal and ordered a re-swim. She settled for the bronze.
“It was very frustrating because she won fair and square. Gold na naging tanso pa. For me, she won the gold,” said Iroy. A former football player and coach before he was appointed to the PSC, Iroy lamented the inaction of her coach.
“I really don’t understand why her coach didn’t come and defend her. It’s quite frustrating and disappointing,” he said.
A bemedalled Palarong Pambansa campaigner and veteran of various age group swimming competitions, Alkhaldi was the lone female bet among the four swimmers who competed in the 27th edition of the 11-nation biennial meet. The three male swimmers were Filipino-Americans Matt Louis Abad Navata and Joshua Bada Hall and local boy Jessie Khing Lacuna.