THE Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) may have finally “overhauled” its ranks after electing a new set of officials last Friday in Tagaytay, but things still look bleak for the cycling community in the country.
“While I am glad that we are finally rid of people who had given this organization a bad name, it still saddens me to know that there is a shadow group that also had their own elections, which just makes it confusing to the others,” said newly-elected chairman and Danao City Councilor Oscar Rodriguez.
Rodriguez added he believes theirs is the legitimate group since they followed protocol and they have the blessing of cycling’s international governing body.
Until now, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) still has not decided which cycling body to recognize.
The other group, headed by former national cyclist Rolando Hiso, held its own elections at the Amoranto Stadium last Dec. 13, which was reportedly attended by POC
president Jose Cojuanco and athletics president Go Teng Kok.
The Philippine Sports Commission, the national sports body, is worried of the turn of events.
“It is the responsibility of the POC to settle this dispute. The problem is Go already declared that he is recommending Hiso’s group as the legitimate one even before any further investigation,” said PSC commissioner Fr. Vic Uy.
Mayor Bambol Tolentino was elected president alongside Rodriguez, while Bert Lina was named the chairman emeritus.
The Tagaytay elections was attended by Asean cycling president Haji Samah Wahab and Asian Cycling Confederation president Choi of Korea. The two were sent by UCI, the international body for the sport, to witness and supervise the election.
PhilCycling claimed it has the support of more than 100 cycling clubs nationwide, while Hiso’s group said they have 40 members.
POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta said the Olympic body will not send a representative to the Jan. 16 elections of PhilCycling and said he and a committee will be screening the said clubs.
Meanwhile, Rodriguez said they are already mapping out their plans for major cycling in the next two years.
“It’s time to get our cyclists back on track.
We have scheduled a race covering Mindanao, Visayas and Southern and Northern Luzon.
I will also host the Asean MTB championship this year to prepare for the 2010 Asian mountain bike championship,” said Rodriguez. MCB
I also hope to send a team to international competitions to prepare for the Asian games,” said Rodriguez.
Also as chairman, Rodriguez added he wants to see to it that the ombudsman case filed against the former officials will push through.
“We have cleaned our ranks. Wala na ang directors involved and overhauled na ang coaching staff. I should follow up with the ombudsman about the case,” said Rodriguez. (MCB)