NSAs join forces in fight vs POC ‘injustices’
05/06/2009 | 06:49 PM
MANILA, Philippines – Officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will have to brace themselves for repercussions pertaining to their supposed interference in elections of the different National Sports Associations (NSAs).
This as eight NSAs embroiled in leadership disputes have joined forces in their fight against the POC’s alleged unjust actions. According to the NSA heads, the POC has been making inconsistent decisions favoring their rival groups, whom they said are supporters of POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr.
The disgruntled leaders gathered Wednesday at the Quezon City Sports Club to unify their efforts.
Present were archery’s Renato Bartolome and Ligaya Manalang, badminton’s Amelita “Ming” Ramos, billiards’ Sebastian Chua and Yen Macabenta, equestrian’s Partylist Rep. Carissa Coscolluela, cycling’s Tagaytay Mayor Abraham Tolentino, wrestling’s Jet Lozada, wushu’s Edwin Pimentel and swimming, represented by Save PASA Movement’s Atty. Jane Ong.
The leaders also signed the NSAs’ declaration of solidarity and concern for Philippine sports which calls for “establishing a new system where sports leaders, athletes and stakeholders can truly join together in developing Philippine Sports.”
“We believe there are other NSAs who share our call and we expect the number of signatories to grow in the coming days,” said Macabenta.