Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski made history on Friday when she was voted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board, becoming the first Filipino and Asian woman to be a member of the powerful sports body.
A representative of the IOC to the Philippines since 2013, Ms. Cojuangco-Jaworski, a 2002 Asian Games gold medal-winning equestrian, figured prominently in the IOC voting held online, garnering 45 majority nods from 93 IOC members in the final round.
For her five-year term, Ms. Cojuangco-Jaworski, 46, joins the IOC President, four Vice-Presidents and nine other members in the Board.
As a member of the board, she is tasked to help in overseeing the affairs of the IOC and assuring that everything adheres to the Olympic Charter.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) executive committee meets today to thresh out amendments proposed before the body holds elections later this year.
Among expected to be tackled relates to that barring an individual from holding the position of president for more than one national sports federation.
Such practice has been observed in the past in the POC and deemed problematic as it is susceptible to abuse, especially during elections to favor certain candidates.
Also up for discussion is the disaffiliation of a National Sports Association (NSA) no longer recognized by its international federation and banning officials who are over 70 years old from seeking an elective NSA position. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo