PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee (POC) first vice-president Joey Romasanta cried foul after being dropped as chef de mission to the Tokyo Olympics as he called for an election to resolve issues plaguing the organization.
POC president Ricky Vargas made sweeping leadership changes on Monday, removing former chief Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco as chairman of the POC constitution and bylaws and his allies from other key committees.
Vargas also announced that an election will be held in January 2020.
Aside from Cojuangco, squash chief Robert Bachmann was relieved as chairman of the membership committee and Monsour Del Rosario as chief of mission for the 2019 SEA Games, a post given to Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez.
Romasanta, however, claimed the leadership changes were invalid and that an election should be held soon to determine if Vargas indeed has the support of the general assembly.
“The appointments he announced were invalid because they have to be approved by the executive board,” said Romasanta, who instead challenged Vargas to call for an election 'at the soonest possible time.'
“To determine whether he indeed has the support of the members of the general assembly, to save the 30th SEA Games and the POC as an institution, we are calling for the general elections to be held at the soonest possible time and we will agree to declare all positions vacant if it happens,” said Romasanta in a statement.
Romasanta claimed Vargas failed to address issues related to the formation of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) and the alleged overpricing of Asics supplies for the 2019 SEA Games.
“His earlier pronouncements that he will discuss and explain all questions of the executive board regarding relations with Phisgoc and the Asics overpricing did not happen. He adjourned the meeting after a non-member moved for adjournment. Nobody was allowed to talk.”