TO­LENTINO SHOWS FORCE

Panlilio, Gomez rally be­hind POC chief

Daily Tribune (Philippines) - - SPORTS - BY NICK GIONGCO @tri­bunephl_nick

In­cum­bent Philip­pine Olympic Com­mit­tee pres­i­dent Abra­ham “Bam­bol” To­lentino will be gun­ning for a fresh four-year term with a pow­er­house ticket in the POC elec­tions on 27 Novem­ber.

I will def­i­nitely run for pres­i­dent. I just filled up the gap when Var­gas re­signed.

Speak­ing in the on­line Philip­pine Sportswrit­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Fo­rum on Tues­day, To­lentino de­clared that Sama­hang Bas­ket­bol ng Pilip­inas pres­i­dent Al Panlilio and Philip­pine Fenc­ing As­so­ci­a­tion chief Richard Gomez have de­cided to join forces with him.

Panlilio will run as 1st vice pres­i­dent while Gomez will seek the 2nd vice pres­i­dent post, ac­cord­ing to To­lentino, who like­wise for­mally de­clared his in­ten­tion to seek a four-year term.

Panlilio’s main backer is ty­coon Manny V. Pangili­nan, who sup­ports var­i­ous sports like box­ing, weightlift­ing, gym­nas­tics, bad­minton, foot­ball, taek­wondo, golf, cy­cling, skate­board­ing and a few more.

To­lentino as­sumed the POC pres­i­dency only in July last year to use the un­fin­ished term of box­ing boss Ricky Var­gas, who was forced to step down.

“My ticket is al­most com­plete,” To­lentino, also a Ta­gay­tay con­gress­man said dur­ing the weekly fo­rum backed by San Miguel Cor­po­ra­tion, Go For Gold, Amelie Ho­tel Manila, Braska Restau­rant and the Philip­pine Amuse­ment and Gam­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, stress­ing that he will re­veal the com­plete ros­ter next week.

The other elec­tive posts are those of chair­man, trea­surer, au­di­tor and mem­bers of the board while the po­si­tion of sec­re­tary gen­eral will be done by ap­point­ment.

“I will def­i­nitely run for pres­i­dent. I just filled up the gap when Var­gas re­signed,” To­lentino said.

“We are all free to run and as­pire for the (POC) pres­i­dency.” Set to chal­lenge To­lentino for the pres­i­dency is World Archery Philip­pines pres­i­dent and renowned tax lawyer Clint Aranas, who en­joys the sup­port of the ma­jor­ity in the POC ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

There will be over 50 vot­ing mem­bers that will take part in the elec­tions that will take place in a soon-to-be-named venue and To­lentino said those at­tend­ing will have to un­dergo swab test­ing in line with gov­ern­ment safety pro­to­cols.

Former In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the coun­try Frank El­izalde, lawyer Teddy Kalaw and Cong. Eric Martinez, the chair­man of the House youth and sports com­mit­tee, will draft the guide­lines af­ter be­ing tapped as mem­bers of the elec­tions com­mit­tee.

They will present the elec­tion rules be­fore the gen­eral assem­bly on 30 Septem­ber while the fil­ing of cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy starts on 1 Oc­to­ber.

Mean­while, To­lentino be­lieves ath­letes from 19 na­tional sports as­so­ci­a­tions (NSA) are ex­pected to re­turn to train­ing camp not later than Novem­ber.

My ticket is al­most com­plete.

“By Oc­to­ber, per­haps, we would al­ready be on mod­i­fied gen­eral com­mu­nity quar­an­tine and they will be al­lowed to train again.”

To­lentino made it clear, though, that only ath­letes eye­ing to com­pete in Tokyo Olympic qual­i­fy­ing events will be given the green light to train again.

“Let us pri­or­i­tize those NSA that are get­ting ready for the Olympic qual­i­fy­ing (tour­na­ments).”

To­lentino admits that the de­lay in the de­ci­sion to re­vert to train­ing mode was due to “safety con­cerns.”

The fa­cil­i­ties are be­ing used as COVID-19 treat­ment cen­ters, said

To­lentino, re­fer­ring to the

Rizal Memo­rial

Sports Com­plex in Manila and

Philsports in

Pasig as prime ex­am­ples.

PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RIO DELUVIO FOR THE DAILY TRI­BUNE @tri­bunephl_rio

ABRA­HAM “Bam­bol” To­lentino guns for a fresh four-year term as POC pres­i­dent.

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