by Iñigo Roces
The oversight and governance over Philippine Motorcycle Sports is under new authority. This is according to the Philippine Authority for Motorcycle Sports and Safety (PAMSS), Inc. PAMSS held a press conference to announce that it is the new governing body for motorcycle sports in the Philippines, beginning Jan. 18, 2017.
PAMSS legitimized its claim by presenting its official accreditation by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the highest governmental regulatory national agency in sports attached to the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The accreditation was made pursuant to PSC Board Resolution No. 019(B)-2017, and further affirmed as such under Board Resolution No. 921-2017, effective May 30, 2017. PAMSS has already applied for affiliation with the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing body for motorcycle sports, and a Fully Recognized Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Present at the event were PAMSS President, Ruby Ann Kagaoan; Founding Trustee and Corporate Secretary, Atty. Tony Abad; VP, Michel Turk; and Total Philippines Managing Director, Chito Poblete, as well as representatives from various motorcycles manufacturers and distributors.
“For the freedom of the Filipinos, love for country, saving lives, and turning the country around, the Founders of PAMSS fought with everything they have got, risking all that mattered to them, even their lives and careers, to see this very day happen when they can finally officially represent the country as the motorcycling national sport association (NSA), to unite the Philippine motorcycle sports community, and be a driving force in bringing unity and peace to our country through sports,” said PAMSS President, Ruby Ann Kagaoan.
For more than two decades, Philippine Motorcycle Sports have been governed by the National Motorcycle Sports and Safety Association (NAMSSA), headed by its, President, Stephan ‘Macky’ Carapiet. NAMSSA was the accredited governing body under the PSC, and was also recognized by the FIM.
PAMSS hopes to regulate all motorcycle sports, covering all engine displacements, power sources, and even three-wheeled motorsports. It also hopes to form a more coherent national advocacy for motorcycling and road safety. Besides this, PAMSS also hopes to establish a more linear ascension program for riders hoping to graduate from Philippine motorcycle racing into the international scene through a licensing structure compatible with and modeled after international standards.
Among its first projects is the aim to bring the Motorcycling World Championships to the Philippines, through an event called the Philippine Motocross Grand Prix, making the country a stop in the prestigious racing series.
PAMSS however has an uphill battle ahead of it. Philippine motorcycle racing has continued, regardless of PAMSS or NAMSSA presence and oversight. The Batangas Racing Circuit Association (BRCA), which owns and operates majority of the country’s race tracks (Clark, Batangas, Carmona, Palawan), does not recognize NAMSSA. The group has already begun and continues to run several motorcycle racing series under the Unified Sports and Racing Association for Motorycles, Inc. (USRA) which currently oversees low displacement motorcycle road races, and the Superbike Racing Association (SBRA), which currently oversees large displacement motorcycle road races.
BRCA, USRA, SBRA, and NAMSSA have yet to make statements regarding PAMSS’ claims of authority over motorcycle sports.
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