DESPITE her recent election as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski is still open at doing her other commitments as an athlete, actress, and commercial model.
Cojuangco-Jaworski said she was informed by the IOC about what she can do and what her limitations are even before she applied for the position as member of the sport governing body of the world.
The lovely 39-year-old equestrienne, a gold medalist in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, clarified she has no plans as of the moment, of coming back competitively as an athlete, although the IOC also made it clear that any member of the organization can still be an athlete.
“I can still be a competitive international athlete. I can compete and even try to go for the Olympics because nagti-tiwala sila sa sistema na hindi magkakaroon ng undue advantage ang isang miyembro,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski, who was recently elected as IOC member during its 125th session in Buenos Aires, Argentina last Tuesday.
“I just wanted to know my limitations sa mga gusto kong gawin, eh ‘yun ang pinaka-extreme na tanong ko. Their answer is yes and no question about it,” Mikee added.
Even though her schedule is expected to become tight following her new role as IOC member, Cojuangco-Jaworski said she can still dabble into show business although with limitations, as per advised to her by former IOC president Jacques Rogge.
“Sabi ni Jacques Rogge, ‘Mikee, you have to be careful’ kasi ang trabaho ko, commercial model ako, nasa media ako,” recalled Cojuangco-Jaworski.
Mikee said she can’t do sports commentary on television too, while she also needs to get clearance from the IOC before going into product endorsements.
“I need to clear it to the IOC first because they are very strict in conflicts of interest. They appreciate that I need to earn a living, but I just have to clear it with them,” said the daughter of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco, who also expressed on her openness to still do movies.
“On the side of arts naman kasi ‘yun. Bawal lang talaga mag-endorse ng alcohol or cigarettes. Pero I don’t have a problem with that because of my personal qualities,” she said.