THE impending appointment of Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski as member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be a great honor to the country, her dad Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco-Jaworski is one of nine persons awaiting formal inclusion as IOC member during its general assembly in Buenos Aires in September. The former equestrienne was selected from a list of 40 candidates to become a member of the highest sports body in the world.
A gold medallist in the 2002 Busan Asian Games, Cojuangco-Jaworski is expected to replace Frank Elizalde as IOC’s representative to the Philippines if she gets the nod of the general assembly. Elizalde has retired but remains as IOC honorary member.
The elder Cojuangco said not all countries have an IOC representative.
“The Philippines is not entitled to an IOC representative,” Cojuangco said. “You have to be an IOC member first before being assigned to the Philippines.”
“There are other countries which have one or two IOC members but some have none,” Cojuangco added.
Cojuangco-Jaworski is currently the corporate secretary of the Equestrian Association of the Philippines and a member of the Olympic Council of Asia athletes commission.
The POC president said his daughter's resume as a women athlete in and out of competition were strong points in her daughter’s bid to become an IOC member.
Mikee, who also dabbled in showbiz, is married to Dodot Jaworski, son of basketball legend Robert Jaworski Sr.