DUE to insistent requests of member federations, the Philippines accepted the hosting of the Southeast Asian Youth Championships in 2017.
Dr. Philip Ella Juico, who represented Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association president Go Teng Kok during the federation’s meeting at the recent Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, said he initially refused the hosting job.
He cited that the impending changes in leadership both in PATAFA and the Philippine government will have to be considered if the country hosts the event.
But federation members, in recognizing the hosting capability and unrivaled hospitality of the Filipinos, still came up with a resolution favoring the Philippines as host.
Juico, who is expected to take over the reigns from Go as PATAFA chief, received the decision and presented it to Go, who gave his thumbs-up mark, though.
“We will have a lot of work to do, not only in terms of preparing the athletes and the programs, but also in terms of infrastructure. The support of the new administration will be the key to the success of this event,” said Juico, who served as Philippine Sports Commission Chairman from 1996 to 1998.
Juico was appointed head of delegation of the Philippine athletics team that won a total of six gold, three silver and three bronze medals in the Myanmar SEA Games. He also attended the World Championships in Russia last August, on behalf of Go.
Go, who on Monday, formally announced his intention to leave the athletics’ body, is grooming Juico to become the association’s next president.
So far, there has been no opposition from other PATAFA top officials like Cong. Rufus Rodriguez and lawyer Nicanor Sering, who were also mentioned in the past as likely replacements for Go.