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New target: Beef up athletics, aquatics for 2019 SEA Games

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:00 PM

After the centerpiece sports failed to produce a medal again in the Asian Games, POC president Ricky Vargas says it shouldn't be the case in next year's SEA Games

2019 COMEBACK. (from left to right) Filipino athletes swimmer Roxanne Yu, hurdler Eric Cray, long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang and pole vaulter EJ Obiena will better their Asiad performances in the Manila SEA Games. Photos by Adrian Portugal/Rappler and Asian Games media pool (Yu)

Pinay athletes deliver 70% of PH medal haul

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:29 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas says he's impressed that 12 of the Philippines' 18 medals came from Filipina athletes in the 2018 Asian Games

GOLDEN GIRLS. Philippines' gold medal haul is led by Yuka Saso, the women's golf team, Margielyn Didal and Hidilyn Diaz. Photos by Asian Games media pool (golf), Money Sharma/AFP (Diaz), Philippine Sports Commission (Didal) and Asian Games 2018 Twitter (gold medal)

After Jordan Clarkson saga, ’bigger’ challenge ahead

Aug 15, 2018 - 2:29 PM

The men's basketball team kicks off the Philippines' campaign in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on Thursday, August 16

ALL SET. Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson is set to lead the Philippine delegation as flag-bearer. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Philippine Olympic Committee: Why 2 NBA players in China team?

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:11 AM

POC president Ricky Vargas and vice president Bambol Tolentino seek clarification following reports that China will field 2 NBA players in the 2018 Asian Games

QUESTIONABLE. Zhou Qi (left) of the Houston Rockets and Ding Yanyuhang (right) of the Dallas Mavericks will be suiting up for China in the Asian Games. Photos by FIBA (Zhou Qi and Ding) and Photo by AFP (Clarkson)

POC: NBA 'broke the hearts of 100 million Filipinos'

Aug 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

'We were one clearance away,' says POC official Patrick Gregorio after the NBA turned down the country's request to line up Jordan Clarkson in the Asian Games

NO GO. Philippine sports officials said they 'worked round the clock' to get Jordan Clarkson only to be denied by the NBA. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

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Jul 27, 2018 - 9:30 PM

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Full-time Gilas team an 'option,' says POC chief

Jul 27, 2018 - 4:21 PM

POC president Ricky Vargas says there is a possibility the Gilas Pilipinas cadets would need to focus on the 2023 FIBA World Cup campaign before joining the PBA draft

BACK TO SQUARE ONE. Gilas Pilipinas could return to its full-time program as it gears up for the 2023 FIBA World Cup. Photo from FIBA


PH faces penalty for Asian Games withdrawal

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee braces for monetary sanctions following SBP's decision to withdraw Gilas Pilipinas from the Asiad

ACCEPTANCE. SBP stands by its decision to withdraw Gilas Pilipinas from the Asian Games despite the consequences. Photo by PBA Images

Court of Appeals dismisses POC case vs Vargas

Jul 10, 2018 - 4:16 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas is delighted that the case was dismissed with prejudice

DISMISSED. Ricky Vargas and company can now continue focusing on the Philippines' upcoming 2018 Asian Games stint. Photo by Delfin Dioquino/Rappler

Ricky Vargas denies PSC threat to withhold Asian Games fund

Jul 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

The POC president claims that Asian Games chef de mission Richard Gomez has already received funding from the Philippine Sports Commission

FEEDING MANY. The Philippine Olympic Committee has received the 2018 Asian Games fund that is set to cover 272 athletes.

Hidilyn Diaz assured of 2018 Asian Games slot

Jun 04, 2018 - 6:21 PM

The Olympic silver medalist will don the country's colors again after missing the 2017 SEA Games

ASIAN GAMES RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz will return to the Asian Games for the first time since 2006. Photo from EPA.

PH Weightlifting federation appeals to POC for more slots in 2018 Asian Games

May 29, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Federation president Monico Puentevella endorses 7 promising weightlifters to see action in Indonesia

CALL FOR PRIORITY. SWP president Monico Puentevella wants to continue the success set by Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics through the Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Karatedo group of the golden era wants end to 'fake karateka' reign in PH

May 08, 2018 - 4:52 PM

The Philippine Karatedo Federation 1987 denounces the decisions of the Romasanta-headed NSA and the POC

DETHRONEMENT. Joe Manansala (center) leads the PKF 1987 Inc in its mission to make Philippine karatedo great again. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

PBA, San Miguel Corp, MVP Group combine for P46M donation to POC

May 06, 2018 - 11:30 PM

The local Olympic committee is gearing up for the country's 2019 hosting of the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Games campaign this August

FAMILY. POC chairman Ricky Vargas gets the support from his PBA family with a P46 million donation. File photo by Delfin Dioquino


Is there a chance for a PSL swimming prodigy to finally join the PH team?

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The call for unity by the two swimming groups paves the way for PSL swimmers to join the national team

UNITY. (left to right) former PSC commissioner Akiko Thompson, hopeful PSI president Ral Rosario, PSL ace swimmer Jasmine Mojdeh, PSL president Susan Papa and PSL Secretary-General Susan Benasa in the historic call for unity. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Philippine karatekas find refuge in POC as world body suspends local federation

Apr 26, 2018 - 9:36 AM

(UPDATED) The local Olympic committee will take charge of the national karatedo team’s training for the 2018 Asian Games

ASIAN GAMES PREPARATION. John Paul Bejar of the Philippines competes against Iwan Bidu Sirait of Indonesia in the finals of men's -55kg kumite in the 29th Southeast Asian Games karate competition. File photo by PSC-POC Media Group

NCC head Valdes hopeful of PH cheerleading growth

Mar 03, 2018 - 11:42 AM

'I don't mince words. Team Pilipinas is one of the top cheerleading teams in the world,' says National Cheerleading Championship head Itos Valdes

Vargas goal: 'Go beyond disputes and look for the best athletes'

Mar 01, 2018 - 5:23 PM

The new POC president already has a lot of plans in mind for Philippine sports

UPLIFTING PH SPORTS. Ricky Vargas starts healing process of PH sports as POC president.

Elizalde thinks Vargas' POC presidency will not heal PH sports

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'In reality, there's a lot of not friendly relations among a lot of people,' says Frank Elizalde, the former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines

NO HEALING. Frank Elizalde (left) and Ricky Vargas (right) pose for a photo after the latter won the POC presidency. Photo by Delfin Dioquino

Ricky Vargas ends Peping Cojuangco's 13-year reign as POC president

Feb 23, 2018 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) A new era begins in the Philippine Olympic Committee as Ricky Vargas dethrones Peping Cojuangco

NEW ERA. Ricky Vargas (rightmost) and Bambol Tolentino (leftmost) celebrate their wins as the new president and chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee, respectively. Photo by Delfin Dioquino


13 years of decline: PH sports nose-dives under Peping Cojuangco

Feb 19, 2018 - 12:56 PM

As elections for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency draw near, Cojuangco aims to hold on to a 4th term despite the country's disappointing performances in international competitions

Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating

Feb 16, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The two Winter Olympics stints of Martinez are already a feat on its own, especially when you hail from a country where snow is nowhere to be found

OLYMPIAN. Philippines' Michael Christian Martinez shown here after competing in the men's single skating short program of the figure skating event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Ice Arena in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

POC chair Cojuangco promises 5 Olympic golds in 2020

Oct 01, 2017 - 5:32 PM

The Philippines has won just a single medal in the 13 years Peping Cojuangco has been chair of the POC. Now he's promising 5 in Tokyo.

BOLD PREDICTION. POC president Jose Cojuangco is talking big about the Philippines' chances in 2020, but wouldn't say who he thought would deliver those 5 gold medals. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

POC opts for simple turnover in SEA Games closing ceremony

Aug 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

Cojuangco says the country should save up for the 2019 hosting of the Games instead

SIMPLE TURNOVER. The POC will pass on an elaborate turnover ceremony, which was estimated to cost P8.1 million. Photo by Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP

POC appeals for Philippines to host 2019 SEA Games

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The POC penned a letter dated July 27 2017 appealing for President Duterte to support the hosting of the 30th SEA Games

APPEAL. The Philippine Olympic Committee is appealing to President Duterte to support the Philippines hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. File Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

PSC commish Fernandez files libel complaint vs POC president

Apr 04, 2017 - 10:52 PM

The complaint stems from POC president Jose Cojuangco s allegedly defamatory statements that PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez was involved in game fixing during his PBA days

LIBEL. Ramon Fernandez files libel charges against Peping Cojuangco in Cebu. Photo by Mars G. Alison/Rappler

Cojuangco gets fourth POC presidency term

Nov 25, 2016 - 4:42 PM

Cojuangco 82 runs opposed after PH boxing head Ricky Vargas is disqualified

ANOTHER TERM. Jose Cojuangco Jr wins another term after his chief opposition is disqualified. File photo

Vargas camp awaits court decision on POC elections

Nov 22, 2016 - 9:20 PM

Ricky Vargas is hoping a temporary restraining order will be issued to prevent the Philippine Olympic Committee elections from pushing through

AWAITING DECISION. Ricky Vargas' camp is awaiting a court decision on a possible TRO of the POC elections. File photo from SBP Facebook

Lawmakers: Probe POC for 'alleged abuse of authority'

Nov 22, 2016 - 8:36 PM

Two lawmakers call for an investigation on the alleged mismanagement and abuse of authority of the current leaders of the Philippine Olympic Committee

PROBE. Two lawmakers are pushing for a probe on the Philippine Olympic Committee, which is headed by Peping Cojuangco. File Photo

As POC denies candidacy appeal, Vargas to go to court

Nov 08, 2016 - 12:13 AM

Ricky Vargas was disqualified by the committee from running for the Philippine Olympic Committee presidency citing his inability to meet one of the active member requirements

GOING TO COURT. Ricky Vargas' camp will look at legal options as the POC Commission on Elections upholds its disqualification of Vargas to run for POC president. File photo from SBP Facebook

Vargas ‘contends’ DQ from running for POC top post

Oct 28, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Ricky Vargas isn t walking away from his bid to run for POC presidency just yet

Vargas disqualified from running for POC president - report

Oct 26, 2016 - 3:25 PM

Both Vargas and Abraham Tolentino are reportedly unable to meet one of the requirements for running

Ricky Vargas running for POC top post - reports

Oct 23, 2016 - 2:37 PM

Vargas is aiming to unseat Cojuangco who is running for his fourth straight term

#AskTheTaxWhiz: Is there tax on prizes for our sports heroes?

Aug 22, 2016 - 6:30 PM

A reader asks if sporting icons like Manny Pacquiao and Hidilyn Diaz get tax exemptions and if winners of local tournaments need to pay tax on their prizes

Pacquiao tells PSC Chairman Ramirez: Clean up corruption in sports

Aug 16, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao urges PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez to make sure corruption in sports is addressed during his term

MEETING. The Senate committee for sports, with Manny Pacquiao as chairman, meets with sports agencies PSC, POC, and PAGCOR. Photo by Jane Bracher/Rappler

POC president Cojuangco: We have a fighting chance in Rio

Jul 19, 2016 - 7:07 PM

I am genuinely excited about this Olympics says Cojuangco

FIGHTING CHANCE. The POC president reflects on the positivity from the Philippine President's send-off and the 'good athletes' the country will be sending to Rio. Photo by Rick Olivares/Rappler

POC monitoring Zika outbreak in lead-up to Rio Olympics

Feb 03, 2016 - 4:00 PM

It is a potential health problem not only for our athletes but for everyone else should they get infected

DISINFECTION. Local workers disinfect the famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26 January 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades, on next 05 February, to fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikunguna viruses. Photo by Marcelo Sayao / EPA

Philippine Army wins gold at Japan Dragon Boat Championships

Jul 19, 2015 - 8:38 PM

The Philippine Army outlasts 17 crews including a stiff challenge from the Japanese national team to win the men s 250 meter gold in Osaka

Photo by Philippine Army Dragon Boat team

Tough climb to top of SEA Games remains for Philippines

Jun 08, 2015 - 1:26 AM

The Philippines celebrated 5 gold medal wins on Sunday but a difficult road remains to improve on their 7th place finish in 2013

HEAVY MEDAL. Claire Adorna (R) and Kim Mangrobang (L) added a gold and silver to the Philippines' tally in the SEA Games women’s triathlon event. Photo by Reuters

PH 2019 SEA Games hosting bid looking 'positive' - POC

Jun 06, 2015 - 6:36 PM

Carrasco says he has already talked with POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr “and his response to the development was positive ”

The opening ceremony of the 2005 SEA Games in the Philippines, where the Philippines finished number one overall. Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Philippine U-23 SEA Games football roster named

May 25, 2015 - 7:26 PM

Twenty men coming from different colleges and soccer clubs will don the Philippine colors in the Under 23 football tournament of the 28th Southeast Asian Games

Former UE Red Warrior Fitch Arboleda (#40) will be part of the team that represents the Philippines at the SEA Games. Photo by Bob Guerrero

Andray Blatche may be ineligible to represent Gilas at Asian Games

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:42 PM

Recently naturalized Gilas member Andray Blatche may not be able to play in Incheon because of residency issues

KUYA ANDRAY. Andray Blatche, seen here posting up Toronto's Amir Johnson, may be ineligible to play for Gilas. Photo by Warren Toda/EPA

Philippine national cycling team purges aging riders

Jun 26, 2014 - 5:52 PM

I m disbanding the team and forming a youth laden squad because we re looking at the future said PhilCyling president Abraham Tolentino

Reigning Le Tour de Filipinas champion Mark John Galedo will banner the national team. Photo from Galedo's Facebook

PH Wrestling Association to stop recognition of new leadership

May 30, 2014 - 6:21 PM

We’re surprised that the POC recognized the current leadership despite the fact that the association did not call for any special election said Wrestling Association of the Philippines chairman Aries Supremo

PH Asian Games task force seeks to avoid record tampering

Feb 27, 2014 - 6:49 PM

The POC PSC Asian Games Task Force says it will thoroughly scrutinize the times of all measurable sports to avoid tampering of personal records on all athletes that are vying for spots at the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea

TAMPER PROOF? POC chairman Tom Carrasco says they will scrutinize sports times to avoid tampering ahead of the 2014 Asian Games

Dragon boating: A love affair with a sport less played

Feb 27, 2014 - 12:49 PM

What is dragon boating? One paddler explains it and why she has a love affair with this sport less played

WINNERS ROW. The author (first from the left in the back row) and her team at the 2013 2nd Sen. Drilon Cup in Iloilo. The team won third place. Photo by Omar Posadas

Palace says it has 'limited resources' to fund sports

Feb 17, 2014 - 7:02 PM

The Philippine government claims that it has a limited budget for sports and is asking the private sector to shoulder the expenses to assist in funding athletes

THIN ICE. Lone Filipino Winter Olympian Michael Martinez finished 19th at the men's figure skating event despite limited government support. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

PH taekwondo team under construction for Asian Games

Feb 15, 2014 - 10:15 PM

Nine slots are still up for grabs on the 12 member Philippine national taekwondo team to the 2014 Asian Games

JIN AND JUICE. The Philippine National taekwondo team. Photo from Philippine Taekwondo Association Facebook

Palace: No letter received from Olympian's mother

Feb 12, 2014 - 6:06 PM

The Malacañang Records Office does not have any record of receiving a letter from the mother of Winter Olympic figure skater Michael Martinez

EVERYTHING ON THE LINE. With little government support, the family of Michael Christian Martinez's family mortgaged their home to send him to Sochi. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP

POC chief Cojuangco says Trillanes ‘doesn’t know sports’

Feb 11, 2014 - 1:15 AM

Philippine Olympic Committee POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr said yesterday that Senator Antonio ‘Sonny’ Trillanes IV is ignorant to the reality of Philippine sports and doesn’t care about the true welfare of the Filipino athletes

FIRING BACK. POC chief Peping Cojuangco returned the criticism from Trillanes