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100-day countdown: Is PH all set for the 2019 SEA Games?

Aug 21, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Check out the major developments 100 days before the country hosts the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

COUNTING DOWN. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games is set to unfold in 100 days. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Bambol Tolentino to be 'more hands-on' as POC president

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:23 PM

New Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino aims to unite the board in preparation for the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games

START RIGHT NOW. Bambol Tolentino shifts his focus to the 2019 SEA Games, ASEAN Para Games and Tokyo 2020 Olympics in his term as POC president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'Time to work': New POC president Tolentino focuses on 2019 SEA Games

Jul 28, 2019 - 6:48 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee must prioritize the country's hosting of the 2019 SEA Games in 4 months, according to its newly elected president Bambol Tolentino

DETERMINED. Bambol Tolentino makes sure that the POC stays on track with the 2019 SEA Games preparations. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Starting over: Bambol Tolentino elected as new POC president

Jul 28, 2019 - 3:16 PM

(UPDATED) Bambol Tolentino takes over the remaining term left by former POC president Ricky Vargas

NEW PRESIDENT. Bambol Tolentino is set to lead the POC until the end of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Bambol Tolentino to run for Philippine Olympic Committee president

Jul 04, 2019 - 4:33 PM

The Philippine cycling chief expresses his intent to run for the position vacated by Ricky Vargas

FOR PRESIDENT. Bambol Tolentino steps down as POC chairman to run for POC president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Olympic body reminds POC to follow 'due process' for elections

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:27 AM

'It must be noted that that the POC has had many opportunities to resolve these issues internally and peacefully, however, has not managed to do so until now,' writes the IOC

DUE PROCESS. Former POC chairman Bambol Tolentino steps down from his position. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

POC delays special elections as Olympic body steps in

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:20 PM

'If we don't comply with the IOC, the SEA Games might be affected,' says Philippine Olympic Committee secretary-general Charlie Ho

COMPLIANCE. POC secretary-general Charlie Ho says that the national Olympic Committee will comply with the instructions of the IOC and OCA. Contributed photo

Olympic body orders POC to resolve issues 'very quickly'

Jul 01, 2019 - 4:53 PM

The International Olympic Committee and Olympic Council of Asia believe the POC has 'negatively' affected the Olympic movement's reputation

POC to stage 2nd special elections on July 5

Jun 25, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Philippine Olympic Committee is in for another leadership shake-up

NEXT LEADER. POC chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) argues that 1st vice president Joey Romasanta is not qualified to succeed former POC president Ricky Vargas. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2019 SEA Games: After POC shakeup, what now?

Jun 21, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Here's a look back at the turn of events after Ricky Vargas stepped down as POC president

WHAT NOW? PHISGOC chairman Alan Peter Cayetano speaks to the press about the current situation of the Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

2019 SEA Games: POC chairman Tolentino to call for special elections

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:27 PM

POC chairman Bambol Tolentino calls for elections, claiming the successors to Ricky Vargas' post are not qualified

DRAMA CONTINUES. POC chairman Bambol Tolentino (left) says first vice president Joey Romasanta may not be qualified to take over as president. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

New POC president looks to regroup as SEA Games hosting nears

Jun 18, 2019 - 5:52 PM

After Ricky Vargas' surprise resignation, new president Joey Romasanta plans to get the Philippine Olympic Committee board more involved in the 2019 SEA Games preparations

MAJOR CHANGES. New POC president Joey Romasanta leads the regrouping needed as the Philippines' staging of the SEA Games draws near. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Ricky Vargas resigns as POC president

Jun 18, 2019 - 2:33 PM

'I am tendering my irrevocable resignation from the post of President of the organization, effective immediately,' writes Vargas

CALL TO UNITY. Ricky Vargas steps down from the POC presidency. Photo from the Philippine Sports Commission.

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

TIMELINE: Will the POC feud affect PH's SEA Games hosting?

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:27 PM

There's tension in the Philippine sports leadership once again with barely 6 months left before the country hosts the Southeast Asian Games

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

POC: Gov't agency support can speed up SEA Games 2019 preparations

Feb 01, 2019 - 9:31 PM

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas has started to feel anxious as plans for the 2019 SEA Games have fallen behind schedule

UNDER PRESSURE. Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas hopes that government agencies will heed the call of the executive order. Photo from SBP Facebook

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

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