The Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) has expelled former Olympian Donnie Geisler from the organization amid an ongoing legal battle between them.
“This is to inform you… that Mr. Donald David Geisler III [is] expelled from the Philippine Taekwondo Association and that all rights and privileges granted to him as a PTA member be deemed forfeited and terminated,” said Manolo Gabriel, PTA’s sanction committee chairman, in a notice given to Geisler, a copy of which was posted in the organization’s Facebook page on Monday.
The decision was approved by PTA president Robert Aventajado.
In response, Geisler posted a statement yesterday on his facebook account saying, “the truth is on my side and I will continue this uphill battle until such time that discriminatory actions are stopped and justice is served.”
Meanwhile, the PTA has declared Geisler, who played in the 2000 and 2004 Olympiads, persona non grata.
The row between Geisler and PTA stemmed from a series of webinars Geisler was putting up amid the Covid-19 pandemic, in which he was holding online taekwondo training.
The problem began when Geisler invited Samuel Morrison and ArvenAlcantara to join his online training on June 6.
Morrison and Alcantara were reprimanded by PTA for joining Geisler’s webinar series, which according to the organization was not given approval.
In the publicized notice, the PTA said that Morrison and Alcantara’s appearances were supposedly only limited to motivational speeches but Geisler made them also conduct drills for the students.
The row simmered further when the PTA barred its current star, Pauline Lopez, from participating in Geisler’s online training, leading to the latter hitting out the organization for its “dirty tactics” of bringing down his passion project.
The drama further escalated on June 24 when Geisler filed a complaint against PTA at the Philippine Competition Commission.
Then on July 6, Geisler sued PTA secretary-general Rocky Samson for libel and cyber libel.
Geisler earlier said he has been at odds with the PTA since 2014, way before the online training drama happened.*PNA