THE Philippine Olympic Committee announced in a memorandum to national sports associations (NSAs) on Friday that it is set to hold the election for president and chairman as ordered by the court.
The memo was signed by POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros. The election will be held at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.
The POC will conduct an executive board meeting on February 15 and an extraordinary general assembly on February 19 where election matters are expected to be discussed.
On the agenda for the extraordinary general assembly is the “status of appealed case on the eligibility of candidates for election as POC president.”
The extraordinary general assembly was a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the Pasig Regional Trial Court ordered for a reelection of the 2016 POC poll won by Jose "Peping" Cojuangco.
Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (Abap) president Ricky Vargas sought for the intervention of the courts after he was disqualified by the POC in the 2016 elections for not being an “active member.”
“I am happy that the POC finally decided to follow the rule of law and the voice of reason,” said “And the IOC should be commended for their straightforward appreciation of the situation. I now look forward to an orderly and fair election hopefully leading to the improvement of our athletes’ lives and Philippine sports in general.”
IOC deputy director general and NOC relations director Pere Miro recommended that the POC convene for an urgent extraordinary meeting to find a resolution of the issue within the general assembly.
“We are counting on the collaboration of your NOC and its members to resolve the present situation smoothly in the interest of the Olympic an sports movement in the Philippines,” said Miro.