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National cycling tilt to go on even without vaccine

Bambol reelected president

Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino was re-elected president of the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines, or PhilCycling on Tuesday and immediately vowed to stage the national championships for road, mountain bike and BMX in 2021—with or without a vaccine against Covid-19.

Elections committee chairman Bones Floro (top, right) administers the oath of office to re-elected president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino (sixth from left). Also in photo are (from left) Jojo Villa, Juancho Ramores, Paquito Rivas, Jun Lomibao, Sunshine Joy Mendoza, Oscar Rodriguez, Moe Chulani, Carlos Gredonia and Alejandro Vidallo. Atty. Billy Sumagui (top, left) is reappointed secretary general.
Also retaining their posts were Alberto Lina as chairman and Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez as vice president, while the new members of the federation board were Alejandro Vidallo (treasurer) and Engr. Greg Monreal (auditor).

Re-elected as members of the board were Jun Lomibao, Juancho Ramores, Paquito Rivas, Moe Chulani, Carlos Gredonia, Atty. Marcus Andaya and Jojo Villa.

The Philippines’ first female national road commissaire, Sunshine Joy Mendoza, was elected as a new member of the board along with Erwin Bollozos. Atty. Billy Sumagui was also reappointed secretary general.

Philippine Olympic Committee membership chairman Bones Floro witnessed the elections and also headed the elections committee for the association’s elections that were conducted under stiff health protocols at the East Ocean Palace restaurant in Pasay City. Everyone underwent antigen swab tests.

“I am looking at Clark or Subic for the national championships for road and Tagaytay City for BMX and mountain bike,” said Tolentino, adding that even without a vaccine, the races could go on inside a bubble environment.

“If the PBA [Philippine Basketball Association] did it in Clark, we could do the same in the same venue, in Subic and Tagaytay,” said Tolentino, who was also re-elected to fresh four-year term as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Tolentino also foresees a merger between the country’s top two road race organizers—Air21/Ube Media Inc. (Le Tour de Filipinas) and LBC (Ronda Pilipinas)—in the conduct of road races next year.

Also tops in Tolentino’s priorities in 2021 are the Tokyo Olympics, 31st Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games where BMX will be played.

Topics: Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino , Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines , COVID-19 , Alberto Lina , Oscar “Boying” Rodriguez , Philippine Olympic Committee
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