El­izalde tapped as care­taker for swim­ming

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS - By ABAC CORDERO

The Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee has des­ig­nated Frank El­izalde, the for­mer In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Philip­pines, as tem­po­rary care­taker of the Philip­pine Swim­ming Inc.

The POC ar­bi­tra­tion and dis­putes com­mis­sion headed by taek­wondo chief Robert Aven­ta­jado de­clared the PSI elec­tions last Fe­bru­ary, where Lani Ve­lasco was named pres­i­dent, in­valid. Aven­ta­jado, tasked by POC pres­i­dent

Ricky Var­gas to put an end to the var­i­ous prob­lems hound­ing some NSAs (na­tional sports as­so­ci­a­tions) like swim­ming, pre­sented his find­ings to the Gen­eral Assem­bly the other day.

He moved that the POC strip the PSI of recog­ni­tion un­til the is­sue is re­solved, and the res­o­lu­tion was passed unan­i­mously.

Yes­ter­day, Var­gas named El­izalde as care­taker of the swim­ming as­so­ci­a­tion, and hoped that a last­ing so­lu­tion is achieved in time for the Asian Games in In­done­sia in Au­gust.

“The POC is not tak­ing over the swim­ming as­so­ci­a­tion. Rather, we are as­sist­ing them so that ev­ery­thing that they do would con­form not only with POC rules, but also with their own by-laws,” said Var­gas.

Aven­ta­jado, the for­mer POC chair­man, was firm in his find­ings that the last PSI elec­tions vi­o­lated both the POC by-laws and the PSI by-laws, even as Ve­lasco con­tin­ued to count on the recog­ni­tion of FINA, the world gov­ern­ing body in swim­ming.

“I base my de­ci­sions on merit,” said the for­mer car rally cham­pion.

“Mr. El­izalde will be given the free hand to choose the mem­bers of the care­taker com­mit­tee, and then he can call for an elec­tions where ev­ery­body will be wel­come to par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

“We want to show ev­ery­body that it will be fair and square in the eyes of ev­ery­body, in­clud­ing FINA,” Aven­ta­jado added.

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