MANILA, Philippines—Accusing the Philippine Olympic Committee of partiality, disgruntled sports officials plan to question what they think is undue intervention by the POC on the leadership problems hounding some of the national sports associations.
The group of shooting chief Art Macapagal discussed during a regular breakfast meeting at the Makati Sports Club yesterday the possibility of raising the issue during the POC general assembly Wednesday at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.
A reliable source said the group is unhappy with the POC allegedly taking sides in the leadership issues which is a violation of the autonomy of the NSAs.
The NSAs with leadership problems are cycling, archery, badminton, wushu, billiards, wrestling and equestrian, which is headed by POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco.
“We will question the resolution that authorizes them to interfere in the internal affairs of the NSAs,” said the source. “We should stand up, unite and put a stop to this glaring intervention. It’s already getting out of hand.”
Based on the constitution and by-laws of the POC, NSAs are autonomous with the POC stepping in only as arbitrator if an NSA fails to resolve its internal problem.
“But they are resolving NSA-related disputes as if they own the association,” said the source. “We’ll just go there (general assembly) in full force.”
Cojuangco, however, insisted that a new directive from the International Olympic Committee calls for the synchronization of all NSA constitution and by-laws with the POC.
Should an NSA refuse to do so, Cojuangco pointed out that the POC could strip the NSA of recognition.
Former POC chair and taekwondo president Robert Aventajado confirmed that the meeting was attended by NSA heads who supported Macapagal in his losing bid against Cojuangco during the POC elections last year.
Aventajado said the group wants the POC resolution on intra-NSA disputes to be re-examined to prevent another rift in the Olympic body.