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POC feud: 'I’m not interested in the presidency,' says Peping

Jun 16, 2019 - 12:05 PM

The former Philippine Olympic Committee chief dispels talks that he’s seeking to oust incumbent president Ricky Vargas

SPORTS POLITICS. Long-time sports leader Peping Cojuangco (right) claims he has been ‘very supportive’ of POC president Ricky Vargas. File photos

POC to meet, iron out 'crucial' 2019 SEA Games preparations

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Vargas puts aside politics as he sets up a 'mutually acceptable' schedule for a POC board meeting

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas is working out a date to meet with the majority of the POC board. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission

Malacañang supports Vargas in POC feud

May 29, 2019 - 9:20 AM

'We call on everyone to insulate sports from politics,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

DISCORD. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas (center), chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) and spokesman Ed Picson (right) gain support from the Palace.  Photo release

POC in chaos: Vargas fires Cojuangco, other officials from posts

May 27, 2019 - 6:03 PM

With barely 6 months before the country hosts the SEA Games, the Philippine Olympic Committee is reeling in another leadership crisis

FEUDING. POC president Ricky Vargas reacts on the 'last straw' against him. Photo from SBP Facebook

Ricky Vargas 'uncertain' of future POC term

Apr 10, 2019 - 5:13 PM

'It’s kind of very difficult to commit that I want to become president again,' says Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas

TOP BRASS. Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas (center), chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) and Ed Picson (right) grace the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. Photo release

PBA chairman Vargas 'bothered' by Alaska owner Uytengsu's grievances

Feb 16, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Instead of making public statements, Vargas says Uytengsu should instead voice out his concerns to the PBA board of governors

CLASH. PBA chairman Ricky Vargas (right) says Alaska team owner Wilfred Uytengsu's 'baseless statements' won't help the league 'move forward.' Photos from PBA Images (Uytengsu) and SBP Facebook (Vargas)


POC to end NSA disputes with new resolution framework

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:29 PM

Ricky Vargas signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center

RESOLUTION. (From left to right) Atty. Panga, Atty. Robert Dio, Atty. Edmund Tan, Ricky Vargas, Alberto Agra, Joey Romasanta and Ed Picson are present in the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding. Photo from POC

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)

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)

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


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.

PH's 2019 SEA Games hosting may snowball to Asian Games bid

May 17, 2018 - 9:46 PM

The big investment in the regional tournament will pay dividends if the country continues to host prestigious multi-sport events

KICK OFF. The Philippine SEA Games Committee will now take the next step to materialize each of its plans. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

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


Court nullifies POC election result, Vargas to challenge Cojuangco for presidency

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Vargas is 'relieved by the court's decision' and will be allowed to challenge long-time POC president Jose 'Peping' Cojuangco

JUSTICE. Ricky Vargas is now allowed to run for the POC president position in 2018. Photo from SBP Facebook

MVP, Vargas re-elected to ABAP positions

Mar 06, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Ricky Vargas pledges to initiate more local tournaments in the countryside expand grassroots development of boxers

RE-ELECTED. Members of the ABAP Board of Trustees pose after their elections Saturday afternoon. Among the officers in photo are: Rep. Raul Daza, vice-chairman; Ricky Vargas, president; Patrick Gregorio, vice-president, Atty Oscar Moreno Jr., treasurer and Ed Picson, secretary-general/executive director. Also in photo are POC Secretary-General Stephen Hontiveros and PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez. Contributed 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

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

ABAP to overhaul leadership after boxing letdown at Rio Games

Aug 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

After the Philippines two boxers lose their fights at the Olympics ABAP president Ricky Vargas calls for new elections

NEXT ERA. Charly Suarez (R) was one of two Filipino boxers to compete at the Rio Olympics. Both Filipinos were eliminated in their opening fights. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

SBP's Vargas thanks some PBA teams - and Pingris - for Gilas support

Oct 04, 2015 - 9:59 PM

Ricky Vargas thanks the PBA teams who lent their players until he reached Marc Pingris the only player on a San Miguel owned team to join the FIBA Asia effort

SBP hints Gilas Asian Games boycott after OCA bars Blatche

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:48 PM

The SBP vice chairman outlined 3 options after Blatche was ruled ineligible: compete with Marcus Douthit snub the men’s basketball tournament or seek legal redress

The Olympic Council of Asia has insisted on strictly enforcing its three-year residency rule, effectively barring Andray Blatche from the Asian Games. Photo from FIBA.com

Reform-focused group challenges Cojuangco in POC elections

Oct 25, 2012 - 11:51 PM

A group led by Philippine Olympic Committee POC first vice president Manny Lopez is set to challenge the ticket of incumbent POC President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco in the upcoming committee elections set for November 30

The problem with Philippine sports

Aug 16, 2012 - 4:20 PM

After the Philippine delegation returned from its fourth Olympics in a row with no medals Rappler searches for answers to the sorry state of sports