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Tuesday, September 17, 2019
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Mendoza: Noodle-kneed Olympic movement

NO, they are not meddling in the affairs of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). If I had said that, I take it back.

In its July 2, 2019 letter to POC, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had “instructed” the POC to hold an election on July 28.

Since the IOC/OCA were merely giving “instructions,” no outside intervention there?

I submit. Since the POC submits, who are we to complain?

That’s how noodle-kneed our Olympic movement is. Easily bended by external forces.

“I am thankful for the guidance of the IOC/OCA on our election to fill up the vacated positions,” said Joey Romasanta, who succeeded POC president Ricky Vargas in an acting capacity. “We are hopeful we can fulfill the procedural steps leading to an orderly election.”

The POC Charter is unclear of succession procedures?

Or are they as incomprehensible as Trump’s treatment of migrants?

Romasanta, currently the first POC vice president, is ineligible as POC president. Only an NSA is qualified for the post. Doesn’t the POC Charter say so?

Former POC chair Bambol Tolentino, the cycling president, is rumored to face Popoy Juico of track and field for the POC post. This, after Clint Aranas’ presidential bid seemed to have fizzled out, again due to eligibility issues.

To qualify, a POC president must have served four years as NSA head. Aranas’ four-year term as archery head ends in December.

Will the July 28 election then only fill the vacancies of POC president and POC chair recently vacated by Vargas and Tolentino, respectively?

Tolentino earlier resigned verbally together with Aranas and gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion after Vargas’ resignation.

They did it during a POC general assembly in which virtually all the present members of the executive board also resigned verbally.

But while Tolentino, Aranas and Carrion had submitted their written resignations, not the rest—despite being prodded on by Tolentino “to keep your word and resign in writing, too.”

What’s Romasanta’s say? Or must the IOC/OCA enter the picture again to settle the issue?

Give me a break.


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