Summit eyes sports integration

ISSUES raging from plan to integrate Philippine sports and amendment in the PSC Law and Incentives Act are on top of the agenda when the country’s leading sports leaders, athletes and stakeholders gathered today for the Philippine Olympic Committee-organized Sports Summit.

POC president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco reiterated his call to fellow sports leaders to attend and share their views on several important issues that need immediate resolution such as leadership dispute, financial status and preparation in future international competition particularly in the coming Asian Games in Guangzhou, China slated Nov. 12-27.

“This is important for us, we need to hear the opinions of everyone so we can came out with a unified stand on the issues. Yun mga hindi ma-tackle sa POC Assembly puwede natin pag-usapan ditto,” said Cojuango.

But Cojuangco said he prioritized the immediate amendment in the current PSC law as he pushed for a four-year term for the chairmanship and member of the board of commissioners.

“What happen here is nababalewala yung programa dahil pag pinalitan yung  chairman automatic papalitan din yung programa. Ang masama, yun papalit walan alam kaya napipirwisyo ang sports,” said Cojuangco.

The former Tarlac Congressman said its fitting that Malacanang must considered the nominees of the POC in appointing the PSC officials.

“Kama naman kasi ang nakakakilala sa tunay na sportsman,” he added.

Invited to attend the Summit were officials of the Philippine Sports Commission, leaders of the different national sports association, Rep. Mark Sambar of the Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta and representative from the business sector.

“We might form committees for the purpose of addressing sports concerns,” added Cojuangco.

Meantime, Cojuango lauded the combined POC-PSC monitoring committee saying it fast track the needs of the athletes bound for the Asiad.

“We have only two months to prepare our athletes. But with the monitoring committee, hindi na kailangan magturuan. Pinpoint na lahat ang kailangan, implementation na lan,” said Cojuangco.

The monitoring committee is co-chaired by PSC commissioner Chito Loyzaga and POC board member Col. Jeff Tamayo.


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