JOSE 'Peping' Cojuangco has set his sights on a "last hurrah" as he confirmed that he will be seeking a third and final term as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
“Last hurrah na natin ito,” said Cojuangco in Thursday’s POC radio program over Sports Radio 918.
Cojuangco believes that a third four-year term as head of the country's Olympic body will give him enough time to finish all the projects and put in place all the programs he had set out to do.
“I already have the right people who can do our plans and programs. Nagkakaintindihan na rin kami ng mga NSAs (national sports associations) at ilan na lang ang may problema. I think we have a better rapport with them,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco, a former Tarlac representative and uncle of President Benigno Aquino III, is batting for the building of a training center as well as a comprehensive nutrition and conditioning program for national athletes.
Cojuangco was first elected POC president in 2004 by acclamation, replacing Celso Dayrit. He won another four-year mandate when he defeated then-shooting president Arturo Macapagal, 21-19, in 2008.
It was during Cojuangco’s term that the Philippines won the overall crown in the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. It was also during Cojuangco’s time that the Philippines posted its best finish in the Asian Games since 1986 when the country won four gold medals in the Doha Asian Games in 2006.
The Philippines, however, has not won a medal in the Olympics under Cojuangco’s term.
There is no official word on who will go up against Cojuangco but London Olympics chef de mission Manny Lopez, the boxing and handball association vice-president, is rumored to be interested in running against him.
“Hindi ko na iniisip ‘yan,” said Cojuangco on his possible challenger for the POC presidency.