Jiu-jitsu: PH Olympic body declares Choy Cojuangco group official nat’l federation


Posted at May 17 2018 08:53 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas (from left) is joined by Jafer Al Muthafer, secretary general of the Ju-Jitsu Asian Union; Jiu-Jitsu Federation of the Philippines president Choy Cojuangco; and POC chairman Bambol Tolentino in recently affirming the JJFP as the official national governing body of the sport. Handout

The Philippine Olympic Committee recently declared the Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines (JJFP) as the sport's national governing body.

Jaffer Al Muthafer, secretary general of Ju-Jitsu Asian Union, joined POC officials recently and offered his support to JJFP president Choy Cojuangco.

"After perusing the documents they (JJAU officials) had in possession and those that we had, (Muthafer) came to the conclusion that the federation headed by Mr. Ramon 'Choy' Cojuangco was indeed the one recognized by the Ju-jitsu International Federation,’’ POC president Ricky Vargas said.

"The POC recognition (to Cojuangco) then became formal."

Confusion over which organization was the accredited national governing body arose when another group challenged the legitimacy of the JJFP, leading to a suspension by the international federation.

With Muthafer meeting with the POC and Cojuangco, the issue has now been settled. 

"As we have previously stated, based on official records, the JJFP under the leadership of Mr. Ramon Cojuangco has always been the recognized NSA for Philippine jiu-jitsu since 2014 and we are very thankful to the POC leadership under Mr. Ricky Vargas for giving our group its affirmation," said Ferdie Agustin, secretary-general of the JJFP, in a text message to ABS-CBN News.

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