Philcycling official says protest against Carrasco candidacy upheld by election committee
Tom Carrasco has been ruled out of the race for POC chairman by the election committee, says Billy Sumagui. Reuben Terrado

PHILCYCLING secretary general Billy Sumagui said his protest against the candidacy of Tom Carrasco for chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee was upheld by the POC election committee.

However, his appeal against the disqualification of Philcycling president Rep. Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino to run for the chairmanship was junked by the election committee, he added.

"They voted to grant my protest to disqualify Carrasco but also disqualified Tolentino," said Sumagui.

Carrasco has replied to the election committee to explain his side.

With the decision, there is no qualified candidate at the moment, for the POC chairman post with the November 25 elections drawing near.

Carrasco was running for chairman under the ticket of Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco, who is seeking for his fourth term as POC president.

Cojuangco is being challenged by boxing association chief Ricky Vargas, whose own protest over his disqualification was junked by the election committee headed by Frank Elizalde.

Sumagui filed the protest saying Carrasco is no longer eligible to run for chairman since he is no longer the president of a national sports associatoon (NSA) at the time of the election.

Sumagui pointed out that Carrasco was already elected secretary general of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) during its elections last August 31.

Tolentino, meanwhile, was earlier disqualified for not being an active member of the POC as he has not regularly attended general assembly meetings of the POC.

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