GTK backs down; POC polls a goBy Marc Anthony Reyes
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Athletics chief Go Teng Kok announced last night that he’s withdrawing all cases he filed against the Philippine Olympic Committee, paving the way for the holding of the POC elections tomorrow at Alabang Country Club.
Go said that he has “proven his point and stood his ground” against POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., adding that he has also withdrawn the temporary restraining order he filed to stop the POC polls although he said he has reasons to believe it would be granted.
Go thanked those who supported him in his fight against Cojuangco but said his success was in uniting the opposition bloc in the POC against Cojuangco’s leadership.
He added that he’s calling for an election in the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association in January when he plans to step down after 23 years as president.
Cojuangco, uncle of President Aquino who earlier said that stopping the POC polls through a TRO is tantamount to government intervention and could trigger the country’s suspension by the International Olympic Committee, will now seek a third straight term unopposed.