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    Romero urges NSAs to rally behind POC head Vargas amid turmoil

    May 30, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    REP. Mikee Romero (1-Pacman Partylist) called on heads of national sports associations (NSAs) to avoid 'politicking' so as not to disrupt the athletes’ preparations for the 2019 SEA Games which the country will be hosting later this year.

    “Show your patriotism to the country by helping the Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee in their massive tasks to stage a successful event,” said Romero. “Remember, our neighbors are closely watching us.”

    Romero, who is chairman of the House Sub-Committee on Sports and vice chairman of the Committee on Youth and Sports, urged sports leaders should work for a win-win solution knowing full well that the POC, under the leadership of Ricky Vargas, is doing its level best to make the coming SEA Games truly a memorable one in terms of hosting and achievements.

    “I have known Mr. Vargas for quite some time now, he is an excellent leader and he has demonstrated this in the PBA board,” said Romero, who owns the NorthPort team in the PBA.

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      “Our reputation is at stake here so better unite so you can help our athletes focus on their training instead of putting the POC in a bad light,” said Romero. “You’re just destroying our image abroad.”

      Romero also welcomed Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez accepting the position of chef de mission for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

      Ramirez initially declined the offer, saying he’s already helping the country’s preparations as head of the government’s sports arm.

      “Good thing Chairman Ramirez has accepted the position of chef de mission.” said Romero. “Our athletes are now in good hands.”

      The sporting community was caught by surprise last Tuesday after Vargas stripped former POC chief Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, Jr. of the chairmanship of the POC constitution and bylaws committee and Monsour Del Rosario of his post as chief of mission for the 2019 SEA Games.

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