POC election committee to hear out Ricky Vargas camp over controversial disqualification
Ricky Vargas gets a chance to sit down with the POC election committee, days after he was disqualified from running for president of the national Olympic body. Jerome Ascano

THE election committee of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will hear the side of Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) head Ricky Vargas on why he shouldn't be disqualified to run as president of the country’s Olympic governing body.

The committee headed by former International Olympic Committee (POC) representative Frank Elizalde will sit down with the group of Vargas on Thursday to tackle Vargas' protest against its decision to disqualify him from running against incumbent Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco in the November 25 polls.

Vargas was barred from running for the highest office in the POC last week for his failure to regularly attend general assembly meetings of the Olympic body.

But the 64-year-old TNT Katropa governor in the PBA immediately filed a protest before the election committee, stressing the process by which he was disqualified was obviously ‘flawed.’

Disqualified along with Vargas was ticket mate Rep. Bambol Tolentino of cycling, who was seeking the position of chairman. Like Vargas, Tolentino’s failure to regularly attend the POC general assembly became the ground for his disqualification.

Aside from Elizalde, also part of the POC election committee are Abono party list Rep. Conrado Estrella, and Bernie Oca of La Salle.

[See Peping Cojuangco brushes off criticism over age]

Also expected to be discussed is the separate disqualification case filed against incumbent chairman Tom Carrasco, who is running for a second term under the group of Cojuangco.

The candidacy of Carrasco had been questioned by Philcycling secretary general Billy Sumagui since he’s no longer president of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP).

Carrasco is now secretary general of the association, which elected a new president in Mon Marchan last Aug. 31.

Sumagui cited ‘Article VII Section 11 of the new by-laws of the POC’ which clearly say that only incumbent presidents of NSAs (national sports associations) can seek the position of chairman and president.

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The election committee will first convene before sitting down with the group of Vargas.

The group of Elizalde is expected to meet with Cojuangco and Co. shortly after hearing the side of Vargas.

It’s still unknown though, if the committee will render an immediate verdict on Vargas’ protest after meeting with the group.

[See Now it's Philcycling's turn to seek disqualification of Cojuangco ally]

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