IT will be an interesting result when the smoke at POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) corral will finally be cleared after the expected duel between incumbent president Jose Cojuangco and his challenger Ricky Vargas.
That is presuming Vargas, the chief of Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines, will be allowed to make a move amidst the alleged provision barring him from running – a reason which not even found in the by-laws.
Reports cited that Peping’s group has claimed that those NSA officials who failed to attend POC General Assembly for the past years are disallowed run in the election.
Vargas will parade a lineup composed of cycling’s Bambol Tolentino as chairman, Negros Occidental 3rd District Rep. and badminton’s secretary-general Albee Benitez for first vice president and muay thai’s Lucas Managuelod as second vice president.
Sonny Barrios of basketball will be running as treasurer and Ting Ledesma of table tennis for auditor. It looks like a formidable team plus 5 of the 7 NSAs who filed for candidacy and to be “adopted as common candidates” by Vargas group.
Volleyball will surely side with Cojuangco as Joey Romasanta (heads Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas) has caused the ouster of Roger Banzuela’s association Philippine Volleyball Federation – similar to what happened with the Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas taking over then Basketball Association of the Philippines.
In effect, the UNIGAMES has issued a manifesto for a clean election this coming November 25, which is just a month away from now. The target of the manifesto is to change the POC officials led by Cojuangco who has controlled the committee for 11 years.
Vargas looks like “David” who will be battling “Goliath”. The problem is, some of the national sports associations feared of coming out after a 12-year dispensation, said Vargas.
Whether the Maynilad boss will be allowed or not to run on election day remains to be seen. Speculations and rumors will burn like wild fire in sports circles in the next 30 days and this will make our boring lives exciting. (HENRY G. DOBLE)