Peace at Patafa boosts PH betting morale

File –– EJ Obina, Center, with Philipp Ella Juico, President of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and Patafa officials

File – EJ Obina, Center, Philippine Ella Juico, President of the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, and Edward Kho, a Patafar official. Contribute photo

MANILA, Philippines – Returning to each other’s arms, the peace that now reigns between Paul Walter Ernest John “EJ” Obina and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) could affect the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) team in the Philippines. ) Games.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Ramon Fernandez on Tuesday expressed hope that their reunion would boost the morale of Filipino athletes to create another exceptional output at the upcoming Hanoi, Vietnam Games.

“With EJ and Patafa finally repairing the fence, it will have a positive effect that will resonate throughout the team. [going to the SEA Games]Chef de Mission of the Philippines said this during the Digital Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.

PSC has settled a long-running dispute between Obina, the world’s No. 5 Voltaire, and his mother, Federation Patafar, after nearly six months of disagreements over Obina’s termination of pay to his Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov over irregularities.

On Monday, Obiana held a friendly meeting with her track and field teammates and Patafa officials at a zoom rally supported by the PSC, finally covering the controversy as they proceeded to watch action at the Hanoi Games on May 12-23.

β€œIt was a learning experience for all of us. For us at PSC, the experience is historic because it is our first journey in sports mediation and it has shown us areas where we can formulate policies for improvement, “said PSC Chair William Ramirez, the sole mediator in the overall peace process.

EJ Obina

Ernest John Obina of the Philippines competes during the indoor men’s pole vault badger gala event in Uppsala, Sweden on February 9, 2022. (Photo by Jonathan Nextrand / AFP)

Obienna, the Asian record holder in her event, has managed to retain her gold medal at the SEA Games with a huge improvement in her performance while training and competing in Europe for the past seven years.

EJ’s presence in the team will be encouraging. “Our athletes have seen that the PSC can mediate if they have a problem with the NSA,” said Fernandez. “We should learn from this incident.”

Obina’s inclusion could add to the country’s gold-medal drive as 646 Filipino athletes stand on the podium to listen to the Philippine national anthem to retain the overall title in Hanoi.

Team Philippines won the overall title in 2019 when the country hosted the Games, with 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze. But a large portion of these medalists will not be in Vietnam

Athletes from football, kickboxing, diving, chess, handball, pancake silat, rowing and Quraysh are expected to settle in Hanoi before the opening ceremony on May 12 with a football draw scheduled for Tuesday. INQ

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