WITH no one to oppose incumbent Jose `Peping’ Cojuangco, athletics chief Go Teng Kok kept his promise and threw his hat in the race for the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
The outspoken sports leader filed his candidacy at the POC office on Friday morning, just hours before the deadline for the filing of CoCs (Certificate of Candidacy) for the November 30 election.
Go still proceeded to file his candidacy even though he has been declared persona non-grata by the POC executive board, and later on, by the POC general assembly.
This will be the third time the controversial athletics chief will be running for the highest post of the country’s Olympic governing body. He previously ran for the POC presidency in 1996 and 2000, but lost both times to Cristy Ramos and Celso Dayrit, respectively.
Go earlier said that should no one oppose the bid of Cojuangco for a third term, he will readily run as president.
On Wednesday, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan decided not to run for the POC top post owing to his busy commitments as chairman of PLDT and Smart Communications, among others.
“I just sticked (sic) to my word that if there’s nobody who will challenge Peping, I will stand and run against all odds,” said Go in a text message received by Spin.ph. “God bless Philippine sports.”
The complete lineup of both parties were finally bared Friday, with Triathlon Association of the Philippines president Tom Carrasco challenging incumbent Monico Puentevella, president of the Philippine Weightlifting Federation, for the POC chairmanship.
Manny Lopez of boxing will seek re-election for first vice president against Jose Romasanta of karatedo, while soft tennis president Jeff Tamayo and cycling president and Tagaytay City mayor Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino contest the spot for second vice president.
Julian Camacho, secretary general of wushu, and squash head Romeo Ribano will face off for the treasurer position, while former congressman Prospero Pichay of chess will vie for auditor against golf secretary general Godofredo Galindez.
The candidates for board members are Cynthia Carreon of gymnastics, Hector Navasero of baseball, Jonne Go of canoe kayak, Dave Carter of judo, Ernesto Echauz of sailing, Victor Africa of fencing, and Gener Dungo of volleyball.
Dungo, however, is expected to be disqualified as he has only been president of the Philippine Volleyball Federation for one year and 10 months. The requirement for a board member is that the person should have been an NSA head for two years.