Philippine Olympic Committee spokesman Joey Romasanta said on Tuesday the Olympic body would continue pushing for the unification race that would determine the country’s cyclists for the 2010 Asian Games even after POC-recognized PhilCycling group ousted its leader, Arnulfo Taberdo.
THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) will not allow anyone to derail the unified national cycling open race scheduled on July 19 to 25 at two venues.
POC spokesperson Joey Roma-santa, also the chief of mission for the Guangzhou 16th Asian Games in November, and PhilCycling President Abraham Tolentino slammed the renegade cycling group for attempting to halt the unification process.
“There is no reason to cancel the unification cycling race,” said Roma-santa, who slammed the renegade cycling leaders led by Armando Bautista for ousting their president Arnulfo Taberdo caused by lack of trust and confidence.
Taberdo is the other signatory in the memorandum of agreement signed by Tolentino, the Tagaytay city mayor, to push through the cycling unification and qualifying race for the Asian Games, which will be held in Amoranto Velodrome and Subic.
Ramon Cruz replaced Taberdo, according to the resolution filed by the renegade group. But the POC, said Romasanta, will honor only the signature of Taberdo.
Romasanta also thanked Tolentino for being cooperative in the unification process.
Jojo Villa, the executive director of PhilCycling under Tolentino, said he would cooperate immediately with the POC for the coming cycling event. (josef ramos)