Go says reforms more important than winning

By Joey Villar, The Philippine Star

Posted at Nov 25 2012 12:50 PM | Updated as of Nov 25 2012 08:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Disqualified or not by the election committee of the Philippine Olympic Committee, athletics chief Go Teng Kok yesterday said he will continue to push for reforms in Philippine sports.

"I'm for reforms, and changes in the POC. That's why I'm sacrificing myself to run," said Go yesterday while awaiting the decision of the polls committee composed of former Congressman Victorico Chavez, Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou and La Salle's UAAP board representative Bro. Bernie Oca.

Go said several officials from different groups are with him in his quest.

"You will be surprised who are calling me and talking to me right now but I will not mention names," said Go.

Should he be allowed to run and win the POC election set Nov. 30 at the Alabang Golf and Country Club, Go said he would step down six months after serving as president of the POC and allow what he called a "better leader" to chart the right course for the country's sports affairs.

"I'm thinking of that to show I'm not really here for the post, I just really want reforms," said Go.

But Go's fate still hangs in the balance as the elections committee, which has observed a gag order while a decision is still being deliberated upon, deferred making a verdict until Monday.

Go reiterated he's prepared for whatever outcome.

"As I've said before, I will seek a TRO (temporary restraining order) on the POC elections, seek for contempt charges from the Supreme Court and file damages if they disqualify me from running," he said.

Go was expelled from the POC almost two years ago following irreconcilable differences with Cojuangco.

But Go got a favorable ruling from the Regional Trial Court of Pasig which said his expulsion from the POC was illegal and was without due process.

The POC sought a petition from the Supreme Court but the petition was dismissed. Go said the dismissal proves that he remains a member of the POC and therefore qualified to run.