EJ Obiena, Patafa settlement after successful mediation-PSC

File-Easy Obina and Pataf's head Philip Ella Juico.

File-Easy Obina and Pataf’s head Philip Ella Juico.

Manila, Philippines – According to the Philippine Sports Commission, EJ Obina and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association have reached an agreement.

The PSC, which conducts mediation activities, announced in a statement that both Patafa and Obina had agreed to a settlement after the fifth session on Wednesday.

Patafa will now approve Obina at the 2022 World Outdoor Athletics and Competition in Hanoi, Vietnam this May, subject to the 31st Southeast Asian Games and Federation regulations.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce that both sides have agreed to a settlement and that activities have been successfully concluded,” the statement said.

“The Philippine Athletics and Track and Field Association (PATAFA), the sole governing body of athletics recognized by the World Athletics, has agreed to approve Mr. EJ Obina at the 2022 Southeast Asian Games and the 2022 World Outdoor Athletics.”

Obiena was initially excluded from the SEA game roster submitted by Patafa. Star Paul Voltaire also missed the World Athletics Indoor Championships from March 18 to 20 due to NSA approval.

The statement added that PSC chairman William Ramirez, who acted as the sole mediator in the process, met with Obina and Patafar president Philippe Ella Juico in a virtual meeting.

According to the PSC, Paul Voltaire apologized to Juico and his teammates.

“Mr. Obienna PATAFA has expressed its apology to Mr. Juico and his colleagues, a board member, and both have promised to forgive each other, to start anew and move on,” PSC wrote. He said the decision to enter the process was their first step towards a successful solution. “

Earlier, the POC had also postponed Patafar’s suspension “in the consciousness of the player”.

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