PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco brushed aside criticisms over his age, saying he remains healthy and sharp as he goes for another term.
Cojuangco also insisted the POC voting members have continued to lend their support to his leadership, and so he stays on.
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“Eighty-two na ako pero ginawa pa rin ng Diyos na malakas at malinaw ang pag-iisip ko, bakit hindi ko sasamantalahin. Hindi ko naman kagustuhan ito at sila ang naglagay sa akin,” said Cojuangco in a recent radio interview over DZSR Sports Radio.
Cojuangco looks set to run unopposed in the POC election, pending a protest by the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines president Ricky Vargas.
Cojuangco said he is willing to turn over the POC presidency to a person who will continue his programs for Philippine sports.
“I’ll be happy to turn it over dahil sa isang to na susundin ’yung ginagawa natin,” said Cojuangco.
Cojuangco mentioned special projects that are already in the pipeline, including an athletes’ training program being made with the help of Brazil and Japan.
The long-time POC president said he will continue to pursue the development of a training center that has been in the planning stages for years.
“Nakabitin na naman itong training center kaya humahanap kami ng mga probinsya na may training facilities, at dun muna ilalagay ‘yung mga sports na gagawing training center. Kakalat ng konti pero handa naman ang mga NSAs,” said Cojuangco.