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Questions, questions, questions

WITH the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on the horizon, the country’s top sports officials take the floor to vote in the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) elections on Nov. 27.

The election in the country’s highest governing body in sports comes almost a year after the Filipino athletes made history by winning the overall championship in the 30th Southeast Asian Games with 149 gold medals.

It will also come at a time sports has been hit hard by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic that led to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and other sports lockdowns.

POC president and Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino (cycling) and former GSIS head Clint Aranas (archery) will go mano a mano in the election to be participated by a total of 53 regular national sports associations.

The voting list will also include International Olympic Committee (IOC) official Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and Athletes Commission representatives Hidilyn Diaz and Nikko Huelgas.

Tolentino, who assumed the unfinished term of former POC president Ricky Vargas last year, is the cycling president for 10 years now.

Tolentino defeated former PSC Chairnan Philip Ella Juico, 24-20, in a special election held last July 28, 2019 at the Century Park Hotel when Vargas resigned.

Tolentino, who is also secretary-general of the chess federation, was at the helm of the POC when the country successfully hosted the SEA Games last December.

Aranas is archery head for almost five years.

If I could even have a five-minute interview with Tolentino and Aranas, here are some of the questions I’d ask them:

Tolentino

— Is being the POC president as good as you thought it would be?

— What do you like most about it?

— What do you hate most about it?

— What are the three things in sports you’d least like to talk about?

— Cycling or chess?

— Do you honestly think we have a chance in the Tokyo Olympics?

— After the POC, do you have any plans to pursue higher office in politics?

— If President Duterte offers you a position in the present government, would you be tempted to accept the offer instead of running for re-election in the POC?

— What do you think about the PHISGOC?

— Tell me what do you think when I mention the following names:

President Duterte

Sen. Bong Go

PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez

IOC representative Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski

PHISGOC Chairman Allan Peter Cayetano

Former POC president Ricky Vargas

Former POC president Peping Cojuangco

Sports patron Ramon S. Ang

Sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan

Archery president Clint Aranas

Aranas:

— What are the three things you like about sports?

— Is being the WAP president good enough for you?

— What do like most about it?

— What do you hate most in sports?

— Do you honestly think we have a chance in the Tokyo Olympics?

— If yes, what sports?

— What else can you do to make archery better?

— If given the chance, which position do you prefer — GSIS president or POC president?

— What do you think about the PHISGOC?

— Tell me what you think when you hear the following names:

President Duterte

Sen. Bong Go

PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez

IOC representative Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski

PHISGOC Chairman Allan Peter Cayetano

Former POC president Ricky Vargas

Former POC president Peping Cojuangco

Sports patron Ramon S. Ang

Sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan

Cycling president Bambol Tolentino

Tolentino will be joined in his “Team Performance” ticket by Tom Carrasco (triathlon), who will run as Chairman; Al Panlilio (basketball), First Vice-President; Richard Gomez (fencing), Second Vice-President; Cynthia Carrion-Norton (gymnastics), Treasurer; and Chito Loyzaga (baseball), Auditor.

In Aranas’ ticket are Steve Hontiveros (handball), Chairman; Philip Ella Juico (athletics), First Vice president; Ada Milby (rugby), Second Vice-President; Julian Camacho (wushu), Treasurer; and Monico Puentevella (weightlifting), Auditor.

Eight officials are running for the four vacancies in the POC Board:

Robert Bachmann (squash), Jose Raul Canlas (surfing), David Carter (judo), Charlie Ho (netball), Pearl Managuelod (muaythai), Robert Mananquil ( billiards), Prospero “Butch” Pichay (chess) and Antonio Tamayo (soft tennis).

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Congratulations to the United Kendo Federation of the Philippines (UKFP), headed by Kristopher “Kutch” Inting, for being accepted as the newest member of the International Kendo Federation (FIK), the world governing body for kendo.

NOTES — Belated happy birthday to my brothers Sephus (Nov. 6) and Albert Jr. (Nov. 8).

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Ed Andaya
Sports Editor - People's Tonight