By Michael Angelo S. Murillo
THE scheduled Philippine Olympic Committee election today has been moved to later this month in accordance with the directive of world Olympic bodies.
In a press conference on Thursday at the Golden Bay Restaurant, POC chairman Abraham Tolentino said that the rescheduling of the election was arrived upon after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council Asia (OCA) instructed the national Olympic body to “follow due process to avoid any further challenges” before holding any election.
The directive was communicated in a two-page letter dated July 2 which was signed by IOC director for Olympic Solidarity and National Olympic Committee (NOC) Relations James Macleod and OCA director-general Hussain al-Musallam.
The IOC and the OCA said the process should start with the POC executive council convening within five days to review the IOC directives.
Then, it should create an independent elections commission before an extraordinary General Assembly is called within 10 days.
Taking cue from it, Mr. Tolentino said the POC Executive Board will meet on July 8 at the POC office in Pasig City then a first extraordinary meeting of the POC general assembly will be held on July 18.
The second extraordinary general assembly to elect new officials will be held on July 28.
Also yesterday, Mr. Tolentino said he will be running for POC president. He, however, declined to name who will be in his slate for the election, saying he would announced it on a later date.
The leadership issue at the POC came about after Ricky Vargas resigned as president on June 18 after just a year and half in office.
POC first vice-president Joey Romasanta assumed the office on the strength of succession. He also later offered to resign.
The POC said despite the leadership issue, preparations for the 30th Southeast Asian Games which the country is hosting later this year are not affected.