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POC charter gets key amendments

The Philippine Olympic Committee general assembly is set to ratify the key amendments in its constitution and by-laws when it meets on 18 January at the East Ocean Palace Restaurant in Parañaque City.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino confirmed to Daily Tribune that they are set to put finishing touches on the amendments that were recommended by the POC executive council and in line with the charter of the International Olympic Committee.

Prior to the extra ordinary general assembly set at 1:30 p.m., the POC will hold a regular general assembly at 10:30 a.m. where the executive council will make a financial report and give updates on the country’s preparation for upcoming international events.

Reports have it that among the constitutional amendments that will be ratified are the putting of age cap of 70 years old among aspiring POC officers, removal of the chairmanship and immediate past president positions, putting term limit among national sports association presidents, barring an executive to lead two sports federations, and strengthening of the ethics commission.

The ethics commission was first established in 2022 during the height of the conflict between Olympian EJ Obiena and the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association.

“The amendments that have been approved have already been sent to the executive board,” Tolentino said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum on Tuesday.

“After that, these amendments would be ratified in the general assembly.”

POC deputy secretary general Bones Floro said the amendments were discussed by POC second vice president Richard Gomez and the IOC.

“After discussion of the IOC, the constitution amendment committee headed by vice president Richard Gomez was presented to the executive board of the POC, which was approved,” Floro said.

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