MIKEE Cojuangco-Jaworski knows her limits as to what she can do and what she can’t as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The 39-year-old Jaworski, a gold medalist in equestrian during the 2002 Busan Asian Games, said on Tuesday all 204 members of the IOC are bound by the rules.
Jaworski was elected as IOC member along with eight others during the recent 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires. She is the new IOC representative to the Philippines, replacing Frank Elizalde.
Jaworski, daughter of Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, said days before the election the candidates were given a book on the IOC code of ethics.
She said it was must for the candidates as well as the other regular members to fully understand the code.
“You cannot violate the IOC code of ethics or you lose your job,” said Jaworski during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Jaworski was asked how she could help the Philippines as a member of the IOC, and she said there are limitations to what she could do.
She explained she cannot work on IOC subsidies or implement programs that would benefit the Philippines in its search for the elusive Olympic gold.
“I cannot make that happen,” said Jaworski, who was also joined in the forum presented by Shakey’s and the Philippine Amusements and Gaming Corporation by her father and POC vice president Jose Romasanta.
“The POC knows what to do. Our athletes know what to do,” she added.
“We should recognize the efforts of Mr. Frank Elizalde and the respect he earned as an IOC member. If not for his good showing our country will not enjoy the same recognition,” she said.
The POC president said it’s such a privilege for the Philippines to continue to enjoy the IOC recognition.
“To have a Filipino as member puts the Philippines in the world of sports. We are there. That in itself is an honor for the country. It puts our country in a position of importance,” said Cojuangco.
He also brushed off insinuations that he had something do with Jaworski’s election.
“The IOC is of heavy caliber. You cannot just influence the members there. These are big-time people who speak their own minds and there’s no way things can be manipulated. I doubt it,” he said.