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POC holds general assembly to formalize details of July 28 elections

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) moved to ratify a proposal for an International Olympic Committee (IOC)-mandated election on July 28 at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.

It was approved in an extraordinary general assembly presided by POC board member Prospero Pichay Thursday at the Manila Golf and Country Club in Makati.

In accordance with a previous IOC circular, the meeting was observed by IOC and the Olympic Council of Asia representative Narinder Dhruv Batra, who also heads the Indian Olympic Association and International Hockey Federation.

The special elections, to be participated in by 47 voters, will fill the void left by Ricky Vargas (president), Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino (chairman), Jesus Clint Aranas and Cynthia Carrion (board member), which is set to expire in 2020.

Carrion had reneged on her resignation but the move was disallowed.

Skateboarding and ice hockey were added to the number of voters but karatedo's voting status is on hold because they are not yet recognized by its international federation.

Members of the Election Committee, the body tasked to receive and determine the eligibility of candidates for the positions, were also elected in the said meeting. It will be comprised of Atty. Teodoro Kalaw IV of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Fr. Victor Calvo, O.P., and Abono Rep. Conrado Estrella, III, the Chairperson of the House Youth and Sports Development Committee in the 17th Congress.

Tolentino (cycling), who previously announced that he will be running for president, chose Robert Aventajado (taekwondo) for a chance to reprise his position as chairman.

"We are still choosing among ten candidates [for board members] because they are all qualified," explained the Cavite congressman.

Athletics chief Philip Juico, who is also being seen as one of the stronger candidates for POC president, said that he will consult with his family first before deciding.

"I also look at the practical side. You don't run to lose," mentioned Juico.