Short of ‘contemporary faces,’ POC units particular elections subsequent week

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In need of 'fresh faces,' POC sets special elections next week


Philippine sports activities will once more see an abrupt exchange of management within the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Participants of the POC government board led via meantime president Joey Romasanta and chairman Abraham Tolentino resigned en masse on Tuesday, leaving all positions vacant and opening the door for a snap election throughout the native Olympic frame on July 5.

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Tolentino referred to as for the elections after wondering the legitimacy of Romasanta, who, most of the time of succession, changed former POC president Ricky Vargas following the latter’s surprising resignation final week.

With the coaxing of one of the basic meeting individuals composed of all sports activities associations underneath the wings of the POC, government board individuals tendered their resignation apart from for 3 board individuals—Prospero Pichay of chess, Robert Mananquil of billiards and second vp Jeff Tamayo—who weren’t round all through the collection on the GSIS head place of work.

“The board will serve as in a holdover capability till the elections. As for the 3 board individuals (Tamayo, Pichay and Mananquil), we will be able to ask them in the event that they wish to surrender,’’ mentioned Tolentino, who made it transparent that the brand new set of officials will simply serve the incomplete time period of Vargas and the present board.

Romasanta, who took over the purposes of Vargas, mentioned he’s certified to hunt the POC presidency however would reasonably no longer run for any place all through the polls set on the Golden Bay eating place in Pasay Town.

“That is one thing I believe will have to be achieved. We’d like contemporary faces and new concepts within the POC. We can not move on like this perpetually,’’ mentioned Romasanta. “I’m certified, however I’ve at all times declared that I’m really not working for any place.’’

Except for Tolentino and Romasanta, those that declared to step down have been POC treasurer Julian Camacho of wushu, auditor Jonne Cross of canoe-kayak and dragonboat, board individuals Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics and Clint Aranas of archery and previous POC president Peping Cojuangco.

“This can be a name for solidarity. The speedier we will be able to grasp an election, the speedier we will be able to unify and regroup,’’ mentioned Aranas, regarded as via many as a powerful candidate for the POC presidency.

Aranas, president and basic supervisor of the Govt Provider Insurance coverage Gadget, mentioned the approaching polls would no longer impact the arrangements of the nationwide athletes within the 30th Southeast Asian Video games.

“I don’t assume this may increasingly impact the SEA Video games. The athletes are fascinated by their coaching and the arrangements are ongoing,’’ mentioned Aranas.

As soon as the POC government board convenes throughout the week, it’ll officially appoint former World Olympic Committee consultant Frank Elizalde to go the election committee.

Elizalde will then handpick the 2 different individuals of his committee and set the election tips. The applicants should report their certificates of candidacy, which will have to be licensed via the election committee ahead of they are able to run for an non-obligatory place.

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