POC suspends Patafa suspension, approves Filta ban

PATAFA President Philip Ella Juico during the 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night.  Pictures

Philip Ella Juico প্রধানTristan Tamayo, head of Patafar

MANILA, Philippines – In the spirit of the stadium, the Philippine Olympic Committee has pardoned the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association from the rolls, but has not released the Philippine Tennis Association from suspension.

The POC General Assembly on Wednesday brought down the ax on the local tennis federation, upholding its executive board’s decision to suspend Filta for 90 days after failing to comply with International Tennis Federation guidelines.

Out of 55 voting members, a total of 42 national sports bodies have approved the filter suspension order, which was initiated due to non-compliance with an ITF guideline for amending the association’s charter and for inclusive selection of officers.

When filter officials rush to decorate their homes, the Track and Field Association has found a remedy after a positive and close conclusion to a long-running feud between Patafa and Paul Walter Ernest John Obina.

After the hybrid GA held at Grandmaster, Republic of POC President Abraham “Bumble” Talentino said, “Because of the attitude of the players and because of the Lenten season, I have postponed the decision to suspend Patafa as per the decision of the POC executive board”.

“And because of the unfinished arbitration process between Patafa and EJ Obiena, the GA was not given a vote to suspend the Athletics Federation,” added the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, representing the eighth district of Cavit.

Filipino Paul Voltaire EZ Obina during the Orlean Copernicus Cup.

Filipino Paul Voltaire EZ Obina during the Orlean Copernicus Cup. Picture of the Orlean Copernicus Cup

Tolentino made it clear, however, that postponing the proposal to suspend Patafa would be on the agenda of next month’s General Assembly.

“If Patafa does not approve the EJ in the next GA, the suspension will be decided on the floor,” Talentino said.

The POC executive board initially decided to suspend the local athletics body for 90 days due to Obina’s controversial dispute with Patafar, which refused to support the Tokyo Olympian and World No. 5 Voltaire at four major international meetings this year.

“For EJ’s smooth participation in the Vietnam SEA Games, Patafa should support his participation,” Tolentino said.

The next POC GA is scheduled for the last week of April, just two weeks before the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. For the Asian Games in September, the deadline to submit entries by name is May 31.

Obiana was not included in the Patafa list of athletes bound for the SEA Games, prompting the POC to approve second-generation Voltaire as a National Olympic Committee (NOC).

Due to their rupture, the Asian record holder missed the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia earlier this month.

Patafa similarly rejected Obina’s request for approval for the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July, and the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

William “Bach” Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, has announced that Obina and Patafar president Philippe Ella Juico may soon be smoking the Peace Pipe to facilitate another round of mediation through the PSC scheduled for Friday.

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