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POC presidency: One-on-one between Tolentino and Juico?

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By Kristel Satumbaga

The Philippine Olympic Committee yesterday named lawyer Teodoro Kalaw, Fr. Vic Calvo and Rep. Conrado Estrella at the Manila Golf and Country Club as members of the independent election committee for the July 28 POC polls.

PhilCyling's Bambol Tolentino, left, and athletic's Philip Ella Juico. (Kristel Satumbaga-Villar) / MANILA BULLETIN

PhilCyling’s Bambol Tolentino, left, and athletic’s Philip Ella Juico. (Kristel Satumbaga-Villar) / MANILA BULLETIN

In an extraordinary general assembly convened on orders of the International Olympic Committee, the POC authorized Kalaw, Calvo and Estrella to oversee the election to be held at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

Kalaw is the first and only Filipino to be installed as a Chartered Arbitrator as well as certified as an Accredited Mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) of the United Kingdom.

Calvo is the Letran athletic director and NCAA Management Committee member while Estrella is the Party-list Representative for ABONO.

Thirty-six representatives from 44 national sports associations were present in the assembly that also has Narinder Dhruv Batra as observer sent by the IOC. Of the 47 voting members, karatedo will be allowed to vote pending the recognition of the sport’s international federation, according to presiding officer Prospero Pichay.

The assembly also recognized Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of Philippines Inc and the national sports association of ice hockey as newest voting members.

PhilCycling President Bambol Tolentino, meanwhile, confirmed his decision to run for POC president and announced that taekwondo official Robert Aventajado will be his running mate for the POC chairmanship.

“We are still looking at the 10 candidates who will run for the other two positions,” said Tolentino, referring to the vacated board member posts.

On the other hand, athletics chief Philip Ella Juico is giving himself a few days to decide whether or not to challenge Tolentino.

“I have to consult some of my colleagues just to get the sense of the numbers. We’ll see in the next few days,” said Juico.

Juico added he’s gauging on how much stress will this cause as he is focused on running PATAFA’s program for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

“The biggest thing here is to get everyone to work as a team, to establish that elusive peace at least for the next six months para hindi magulo at hindi nakakahiya sa labas,” Juico, adding that his acquaintances in the IAAF have been reading a lot “about the dissension, the discord and the disharmony and it adds up to the feeling that you’re besieged.”

Juico said his family will be a big factor in his decision, as well as the practical side of his chances to win.

“Because you don’t run to lose,” said Juico.

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