MANILA, Philippines – For former national athlete and senatorial candidate Monsour del Rosario, the decision by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to suspend the country’s despised athletics association – without further ado Mediation happens – is unfair and aggressive.
According to del Rosario, while discussions about athletes tend to be emotional, cooler heads will prevail because of some of the issues surrounding the suspension of the Philippine Athletics Association (Patafa). only as a national sports organization, according to del Rosario.
Patafa’s suspension has raised hopes that star pole vaulter EJ Obiena, who was involved in a spat with his parent company, will be allowed to join the Philippine team for the Games. Southeast Asian (SEA) sport.
“There are many layers to this issue that the public needs to understand and we should not mix that understanding with statements that are emotionally biased or worse, a compound hero who stands with advocacy. victim,” del Rosario said in a statement Friday.
“The recent suspension of [POC] on PATAFA, along with the statements of the POC president, Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino, are, in my opinion, quite unfair and aggressive. There is an ongoing mediation process and I believe all parties should enter and complete that process privately before making any hasty decisions and making public statements,” he said. more.
According to del Rosario, who was a member of taekwondo teams at the SEA Games, he understands the plight of Obiena, who was banned from the list of national delegates to the regional sporting event in May. .
However, the senate participant believes the matter should be resolved first by letting both sides address concerns and not by suspending Patafa in its entirety.
“As an athlete and sports leader myself, I sympathize with EJ Obiena. Seeing all your hopes and dreams fly away because of one failure is truly heartbreaking. But I believe that’s not enough of a reason to take down PATAFA in its entirety,” explained del Rosario.
“Instead of a suspension that threatens to affect the futures of all other athletes under PATAFA’s care, the POC should join hands with PSC to force Obiena and PATAFA to participate in and complete the mediation process under directives of the Senate Committee on Sports,” he added.
On Thursday last week, POC and Tolentino said the suspension of Patafa and the Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) was to allow Obiena and tennis player Alex Eala to join the country’s delegation in Vietnam.
However, Patafa has stated earlier that only national sports bodies like them are allowed to form national teams.
Patafa has been doused with hot water for allegedly harassing Obiena, after they asked the athlete to return 85,000 euros (more than 4.8 million pesos) in financial support after he allegedly failed to pay coaching his member, Vitaly Petrov, training expenses.
Obiena has denied the allegations, and Petrov has finally clarified his claim that he is being properly paid by the athlete and that he just wants the process to go faster when Obiena is acting on his behalf. government makes progress.
The athlete denounces the head of Patafa, Philip Juico, sabotage his Olympic bid. However, Juico says that he has nothing to do with what Obiena is claiming.
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