MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will follow suit in recognizing the Jiu-jitsu Federation of the Philippines (JJFP) as the official national sports association (NSA) for jiu-jitsu in the Philippines.
In a letter to PSC Commissioner-in-Charge Arnold Agustin, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas requested the PSC to recognize the JJFP, headed by Ramon "Choy" Conjuangco, in order to assist the national team in the upcoming Asian Jiu-Jitsu Championship 2018 in Kazahkstan.
POC recognized the JJFP last May following the visit of Jaffer Al Muthafer, secretary general of Jiu-Jitsu Asian Union, who showed his support for Cojuangco's leadership.
Muthafer personally came to Manila in order to settle the accreditation issue after the JJFP was suspended by the international governing body.
The suspension came after the leader of the other jiu-jitsu organization Alvin Aguilar challenged the legitimacy of JJFP, claiming Cojuangco's favoritism in selecting national athletes.
The Asian Jiu-jitsu Championship will run from July 11 to 16. – Rappler.com
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