Juico is back in the good graces of POC; Two new NSAs have been admitted

Popeye Juico - Investigative file photo

Popeye Juico – Investigative file photo

The General Assembly of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POCGA) on Monday withdrew the impersonal ban on Philippine Ella Zuiko, president of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATFA), amid controversy between Paul Voltaire and Ernest John Obina and his mother. .

In addition to reclaiming the head of athletics, POC GA also welcomed two more sports organizations, consisting of 50 national sports organizations (NSAs) of different sports, which further expanded the organization’s regular membership.

Zuiko was declared a persona non grata by the POC at a meeting of its executive board last December, which was approved by the General Assembly in late January due to a dispute between the athletic chief and Patafar star athlete Obina, who is currently ranked No. 5 in the world.

With Obina and Juico finally settling things through a mediation with the help of Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez, Hanoi opened the door for Obienna to retain his title in record-breaking fashion at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

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Led by San Francis Tolentino, Samhang Kickboxing NG has been approved to hold a similar hybrid rally at the Knights Templar Ridge Hotel in the city of Philippines Tagai, as well as the Philippine Sports Organization.

POC President Abraham “Bumblebee” Talentino has confirmed that both sports organizations have completed the two SEA games required to ensure regular membership with the POC.

Kickboxing won two gold, four silver and two bronze medals during the recent 11-nation meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, with Esports contributing two gold and two silver medals to the team’s fourth-place performance in the Philippines.

Talentino added that the assembly had unanimously approved a cash bonus for the winners of the SEA Games, but temporarily withheld the financial prizes that would be handed over to Filipino athletes.

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