Go Teng Kok to step down as Patafa prexy

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

MANILA—Election in the troubled Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa ) looms as president Go Teng-Kok is set to endorse former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Philip Ella Juico.

Go said he hopes they can get a clearance from the Philippine Olympic Committee as soon as possible so that they can hold the election in March next year.

“ I hope there will be smooth transition,” Go said.

He said that Juico, also a Business Management professor at the De La Salle University in Manila, has been helping Patafa for quite a time and has represented the group in international events, including the recently-concluded 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar and the World Athletics Championship in Russia.

“I requested Mr. Juico to help me with the association and he has been working hard for us,” said Go.

For his part, Patafa chairman Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro, said that if only the PSC provided their athletes with the needed practice venue, they could have produce more gold medals in the Myanmar Sea Games.

Both the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and Philsports Complex were unavailable, forcing the athletics team to practice at the San Luis Sports Center in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Rodriguez, who has been involved with Patafa since the time of the late and former president Jose Sering, congratulated the 24-man Philippine Athletics team for being the most productive campaigner in the 27th Sea Games with six golds, four silvers and three bronzes.

“This achievement came despite our lack of facilities. If only we have been given enough, maybe we could have bring more medals,” said Rodriguez.

Juico said that all the procedures of the Patafa and the POC concerning the election must be followed.

“The best thing we can do now is to follow all the procedures in relation to the election of officers. That is what must need to do now,” said Juico, the PSC chairman from 1994 to 1998 during the time of Pres. Fidel V. Ramos.

The gold medalists in the SEA Games from Patafa are Archand Christian Bagsit (400m run), Henry Dagmil (long jump), Eric Shawn Cray (400m hurdles), Christopher Ulboc Jr. (3,000m steeplechase), Jesson Ramil Cid (decathlon) and the Bagsit-led 4x400m relay team, which has Isidro del Prado Jr., Julius Nierras and Edgardo Alejan.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 31, 2013.


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