Connect with us

Feature

‘MEDIA BAN’ PLACED ON ATHLETES – AGAIN?

A ‘media ban’ placed on our athletes in Papua New Guinea? You can’t be serious!

EDITORIAL

By Patrick Lujan

Enough is enough.

Big changes have to be made at the Guam National Olympic Committee.

For so many years, there has been countless reports from sports federations about how President Rick Blas ‘controls’ the GNOC with an iron fist, and the latest situation falls right in line with his type of leadership.

GSPN, since it’s inception in 2011, has been requesting countless amounts of information from Blas that has gone either unanswered or a ‘no comment’ reply. No one else associated with GNOC seems to be allowed to talk; at least to go ‘on record’.

We’ve left so many business cards at the front desk of the GNOC headquarters in Maite, I almost want to ask for them back for proper use. It’s as if we’ve been ‘banned’ from the get go.

The Pacific Games is our version of the Olympics. There was not one press release about Team Guam heading to Papua New Guinea.

Now we are hearing from athletes in PNG that there is a ‘media ban’. They are not allowed to share information to the Guam media other than the Pacific Daily News – who is the lone media GNOC sponsor.

WHAT?

The highest level of athletic competition in our region and our local media is banned? It should be the other way around. All media should be sponsored by the GNOC to the Games so we can provide maximum exposure for our hard-working athletes. Their family and friends on island and throughout the world deserve to know and see what’s going on.

This happened during the 2012 Olympics when the GNOC media liason was prohibited to share any photos and information, yet it was all over Facebook. Last year in the Pohnpei Micronesia Games, GNOC did little to assist the Guam media. In fact, it gave us even more obstacles to do our job than being of help, like having GSPN kicked out of a venue that had wifi, which is hard to come by in Pohnpei, simply because they had the power to.

These athletes had to work so hard just to get there, they don’t deserve a ‘media ban’. Not only were they forced to sell fundraising tickets, which 30% went to the GNOC, but GNOC couldn’t get a chartered flight to PNG, leaving the flight arrangements to the sports teams themselves. What did GNOC provide: a polo shirt, a bag, sweats, two t-shirts and a jacket. That’s it.

They bring in over $3 million a year from its Bingo operations alone – and don’t pay taxes. That’s more than enough to pay for all our athletes to go to the Games on top of their high-paying salaries. Our athletes need to concentrate on training, not fundraising.

I get the non-governmental support argument, but that doesn’t mean the organization will miss the focus on the mission, which is our athletes. And that is all the athletes, not just a select few that get extra special treatment.

What is it going to take to make a change there? Unfortunately, Guam sports will not improve until there’s a shakeup at the GNOC.

There should be a term limitation, not someone to sit in that seat for over 20 years – good or bad.

As for our athletes in PNG, do what is right. Keep sending us photos and information. It’s for your family and friends, not us.

GSPN wants to celebrate your accomplishments, not hide them!

 

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

November

December 2021

January
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for December

31st

No Events
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Events for January

1st

No Events
Events for January

2nd

No Events
Events for January

3rd

No Events
Events for January

4th

No Events
Events for January

5th

No Events
Events for January

6th

No Events
Events for January

7th

No Events
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Events for January

8th

No Events
Events for January

9th

No Events
Events for January

10th

No Events
Events for January

11th

No Events
Events for January

12th

No Events
Events for January

13th

No Events
Events for January

14th

No Events
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
Events for January

15th

No Events
Events for January

16th

No Events
Events for January

17th

No Events
Events for January

18th

No Events
Events for January

19th

No Events
Events for January

20th

No Events
Events for January

21st

No Events
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
Events for January

22nd

No Events
Events for January

23rd

No Events
Events for January

24th

No Events
Events for January

25th

No Events
Events for January

26th

No Events
Events for January

27th

No Events
Events for January

28th

No Events
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
Events for January

29th

No Events
Events for January

30th

No Events

National Guard Athletes

National Weightlifter Jacinta Sumagaysay

Sergeant Jacinta Sumagasay has had all kinds of weight on her shoulders and the Guam Army National Guard has been there through every step. The Guard has given Sumagaysay plenty of opportunities in life while also allowing her to do what she does best – lifting her way to Guam’s best in her weight class of 59kg.

Foody’s Fun Facts

Foody’s Fun Facts with Nichole Terlaje & Zian Benavente

We’ve got a pair of aces on this Foody’s Fun Facts as JFK Islanders tennis players Nichole Terlaje and Zian Benavente serve up some interesting facts!

Polls

Do you like the change of having ISA boys and girls sports being played at the same time? (example: boys & girls basketball going on at the same time)

View Results

COMING SOON …

3rd Quarter Sports

  • ISA/IIAAG Boys & Girls Basketball
  • ISA Boys Soccer
  • ISA Boys/Girls Tennis
  • ISA Wrestling
  • ISA Paddling
  • ISA Girls Softball

QUICK HITS

5-year-old Guam Sports Network boss Ezra Lujan presents Mangilao Mayor Allan Ungacta with a Free Library made by Team GSPN.
It includes kids books, supplies and backpacks in hopes of promoting children’s reading in Mangilao.

——————————————–

In GRC’s first race of the year, Derek Mandell and Sharon Hawley were the first male and female finishers of the Cross Island 10-mile run Saturday morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

More in Feature