NEWLY-ELECTED International Olympic Committee member Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski said she aims to give developing countries like the Philippines a voice in the world’s highest sports body.
“Ang IOC, they aim to serve humanity through sports. We are part of humanity so we should be included. Kung ano ‘yung sitwasyon sa ating bansa, kahit papano marinig ng IOC,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski shortly upon arriving in the country on Friday from the 125th session of the IOC in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she was officially elected as member last Tuesday.
Mikee, a former equestrienne who won a gold medal in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, became one of nine newly-elected members of the IOC and will replace Frank Elizalde as the sports body’s representative to the Philippines.
Aside from her goal of serving as one of the voices for Third World nations, Cojuangco-Jaworski also hopes to help Philippine sports through the propagation of the Olympic movement in the country.
The wife of former PBA player Robert Jaworski Jr. said she hopes to impart the role of sports and the ideals of Olympism in the development of the country.
“With all the studying that I need to do, I need to impart the wisdom, and hopefully apply it to our own culture, our own beliefs, our own system,” she said.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to improve the system or make the programs that we have more efficient para magkaroon tayo ng results,” Mikee added during a short press conference that preceded her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
The daughter of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco said she appreciates being an athlete even more following her election to the IOC.
“Nothing beats being an athlete. Minsan kahit natatalo ka, okay lang, mas lalo pa kaya kung nananalo ka. The center of the IOC is the athletes and when you are part of an organization like the IOC, you become more proud of being an athlete,” she stressed.
Cojuangco-Jaworski said she will attend to her duties as an IOC member starting this December as she undergoes training with her fellow newly-elected officials.
Also elected as IOC members were Kenyan legendary runner Paul Kibii Tergat, former Swedish Olympic long jump champion Stefan Holm, United States Olympic Committee president Larry Probst, Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov, Camiel Eurlings of The Netherlands, Dagmawit Girmay Berhane of Ethiopia, Bernard Rajzman of Brazil, and Octavian Morariu of Romania.