Romasanta: Go no qualified to run
MANILA, Philippines – Athletics chief Go Teng Kok will challenge Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. in the coming Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) elections this coming November.
Go, who was once an ally of Cojuangco, claimed that the incumbent POC president has done nothing good for Philippine sports.
“Peping Cojuangco must accept my challenge,” Go told ABS-CBNnews.com.
“I may not win in his dirty tactics but at least I let the people know that Peping [is] doing nothing as POC president for eight years, yet he still wants another term to prolong the agony of Philippine sports,” he added.
However, POC spokesman Jose Romasanta pointed out that Go can not join the POC elections.
He cited that Go, the president of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association, is not recognized by the POC.
“He was declared persona-non-grata by the POC. How can he join the elections?” Romasanta said in a separate interview.
Go and Cojuangco had a falling out after the Cojuangco backed Romasanta’s leadership in the Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF).
Go and Romasanta occupied the top PKF two posts before they squabbled over leadership issues. The POC then ordered a new election, which was won by Enrico Vasquez.
Go, however, went to court to question Vasquez’s leadership. This prompted the POC to declare Go as persona non-grata.
Go, however, claimed Cojuangco’s camp is just using technicalities to block his candidacy.
Go said he is willing to back out from the polls if someone else steps up to challenge Cojuangco.
“Is Peping afraid of me? Who’s afraid of Peping anyway? Now if anyone from other NSAs (national sports association) will declare to run versus Peping, I will withdraw my plan to run,” he said.
“Instead I will fully support courageous opponent of peping. My swing vote will surely crash Peping’s dynasty. I’ll definitely go fort it,” added Go.
Cojuangco has so far served two terms as POC president. The former Tarlac congressman first won in 2005 before being re-elected for another four-year term in 2008.