Tolentino to inhibit in POC's July 8 meeting

Mark Escarlote on Jul 05, 2019 08:15 PM
Tolentino to inhibit in POC's July 8 meeting
Since I have also announced my intention to stand for the position of President in the coming POC election, I think it's best that I inhibit myself from the said meeting -- resigned POC chairman Abraham 'Bambol' Tolentino

Resigned Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino will abide by the International Olympic Committee’s directive.

In a letter addressed to the POC on Friday, the IOC gave an advisory to the country’s Olympic body to exclude the members of its board who have formally resigned from attending the scheduled special meeting on July 8.

The IOC directed that all eligible members of the Executive Board to attend the July 8 meeting except those who resigned from their positions specifically former president Ricky Vargas, Tolentino and Board Members Clint Aranas and Cynthia Carrion ‘to avoid further disputes or challenges, and in the interest of the POC as an institution.’

[Related story: Resigned POC officials barred from special board meeting]

“As I said in the press conference yesterday (Thursday), I would like the problems in the POC to be solved as soon as possible,” said Tolentino in a statement.

“As such, I will stand by my word that I will abide by the advisories from the gentlemen from the IOC and OCA who have been keenly following the developments here to help us find a solution,” he added.

Tolentino on Thursday announced his intention to run for president on the July 28 election.

“Since I have also announced my intention to stand for the position of President in the coming POC election, I think it's best that I inhibit myself from the said meeting,” Tolentino said. “Taking off from that, I am formally making known that I will not attend the board meeting on July 8, 2019, as advised by IOC-OCA.”

In a letter addressed to the POC on Wednesday, the IOC recommended a guideline of dates and steps to follow leading to the POC special election to fill the vacated seats.

The world Olympic governing body suggested that a special board meeting be held not later than July 8, an extraordinary general assembly not later than July 18 and an election not later than July 28 with the presence of an IOC/OCA representative.  

 

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