The International Olympic Committee is closely monitoring what’s happening in the Philippine Olympic Committee.
The assurance came from IOC representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, who appeared in Tuesday’s online version of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum.
The 2002 Asian Games gold medalist in equestrian was scheduled to grace an IOC online meeting also on Tuesday. She was to provide the IOC an update on the POC developments.
“We at the IOC are regularly in touch,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski, a newly-elected member of the powerful IOC executive committee.
One of the POC amendments revolved around the plan to set an age limit of 70 for positions.
“Maraming items, maraming developments ang Olympic movement that we would want to keep up. And there were a lot of questions that the came up because of the interpretations of the bylaws,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski, who added the IOC is waiting for the POC to commit to charter change before elections take place this November.
The POC executive board is currently split on the decision to effect changes, with some members believing that the timing to put changes in the constitution and bylaws is not right.
“But, of course, the IOC is hoping that the constitutions would be amended by this election, para magtake effect na,” added Cojuangco-Jaworski
“There are many developments in the Olympic movement and we want to keep up. The IOC wants the amendments to take effect before the different NOCs hold their elections,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski in the session presented by San Miguel Corp. Go For Gold, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart, with Upstream Medias as official webcast partner.
The POC, she added, is bound by its constitution to push through with its elections before the end of the year even if the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was delayed to July next year due to the deadly pandemic.