THE International Olympic Committee (IOC) is keenly observing the developments in the Philippine Olympic Committee particularly its move to make amendments to its constitution.
Newly elected IOC board member Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski said she has communicated an update to the Olympic body on the recent meetings of the POC where constitutional amendments were the agenda.
“Regular naman kami in touch especially with the amendments. Priority ng IOC ito,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum via video conference.
The recent constitutional amendments meetings, however, have recently been met with controversy particularly the contentious age cap rule being pushed by POC president Abraham Tolentino and former chief Ricky Vargas.
Cojuangco-Jaworski said the changes in the constitution of the POC are being considered as a ‘priority matter’ by the IOC due to the controversies that the national Olympic committee was embroiled in over the past years.
The last election was no different with Vargas beating incumbent Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco in a special polls in 2018.
“It was communicated nung nag-election na priority matter dapat itong constitution. Maraming mga items na maraming developments in the Olympic movement that we would want to keep up. There were a lot of issues na because of the interpretation of the bylaws, nagkaroon ng question. Dapat talaga siyang ma-address,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski.
The POC executive board, however, is at a ‘stalemate,’ according to Tolentino, with the recent special meeting called for the constitutional amendments adjourned without the approval of the age cap proposal.
Cojuangco-Jaworski urged the POC to push through with the meeting in order to submit the amendments to the IOC.
“Hindi pa kasi natatapos ‘yung usapan about the constitution. Kailangan magkaroon ng meeting if we want to get this done,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski.