THE candidates for the Philippine Olympic Committee elections will be presented on Thursday in a forum to be held at the Philsports Audio Visual Room in Pasig City.
The forum, organized by the POC elections committee, allows the candidates to present their respective programs if they get elected for seats in the Olympic body. The session begins at 3 p.m.
Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco is eyeing his third four-year term as POC president in the November 30 elections that will be held at the Alabang Country Club in Muntinlupa City.
It is not clear, however, if Go Teng Kok will show up in the forum although the elections committee has invited the controversial athletics chief.
Go is challenging Cojuangco for the presidency although his eligibility is still under question due to the POC motion declaring him persona non-grata.
The Pasig Regional Trial Court has ruled that POC’s declaration is unlawful. The POC appealed the case before the Supreme Court which, according to Go, has junked the motion.
The elections committee is awaiting official communication that the High Court indeed has junked POC’s motion before clearing Go's candidacy.
Also expected to be presented in the forum are Monico Puentevella of weightlifting and Tom Carrasco of triathlon, who are seeking the chairmanship.
Manny Lopez of boxing and Jose Romasanta of karatedo are seeking the first vice president post while Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis and Abraham Tolentino of cycling are running for second vice president.
Julian Camacho of wushu is seeking a fresh mandate as treasurer against Romeo Ribano of squash while Prospero Pichay of chess and Godofredo Galindez of golf are battling for the auditor position.
Four seats in the board are being contested by Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics, Ernesto Echauz of sailing, Dave Carter of judo, Victor Africa of fencing, Jonne Go of canoe kayak, Hector Navasero of baseball, and Gener Dungo of volleyball.