THE General Assembly has the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of matters that concern Philippine sports.
That’s why internal issues concerning elections should be decided by its members.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. said this after getting advise from the International Olympic Committee.
“It’s up to the General Assembly, which has full knowledge of such matters and has the interest in the future of Philippine sports. It’s up to them to decide,” said Cojuangco.
The POC convenes the executive board on Thursday to discuss this, alongside the conduct of the looming elections.
The official representatives of national sports associations to the POC general assembly when it holds an extraordinary meeting on Feb. 19 will also be discussed on Thursday.
Once resolved, elections can then be held on Feb. 23.
Cojuangco spoke of his thoughts on radio after Pere Miro, IOC Director General for National Olympic Committee relations, advised the POC of its recommendation, saying that it is up to the POC general assembly and not the courts which should decide on internal issues concerning elections.
“While this should not be interpreted as government intervention with the judicial process, it must be recalled that NOCs are autonomous sports organizations,” said Miro in his letter.
The director general cited Rule 27.6 of the Olympic Charter, which states that the IOC General Assembly has the final authority within the NOC to adopt (and consequently interpret) the NOC constitution and freely elect the members of the executive board.
He said doing so “will avoid complications” which could happen.
“In this context, we recommend that you refer the present situation to your NOC General Assembly,” Piro went on.