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Ricky Vargas hopes POC constitution amendment will be finalized by November

By Kristel Satumbaga

Ricky Vargas (MB photo | Rio Deluvio)

Ricky Vargas (MB File Photo)

Ricky Vargas said Tuesday they hope the Philippine Olympic Committee’s (POC) constitutional amendment prohibiting officials aged 70 years old and above to run for executive position will be finalized before November’s target election date.

“Ang objective sana is sa November. Wala namang masyadong changes. The only main discussion is the age limit,” he said in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum held online.

“We want it before the (POC) elections.”

Vargas, who heads the committee on constitution and by-laws, is optimistic despite its long process and believes that this constitution change will further strengthen the quality of leadership of the POC.

“It gives a chance for the organization to grow,” he said. “It changes the demographics of the organization. But of course, these younger people should be experienced. And these seniors (who are ineligible to run) still stay as mentors, consultants, advisors.”

Vargas said they are expected to convene online next week to tackle the issue as they try to bring it up to the Executive Board.

The draft has already been submitted to the committee where they will vote for approval before submitting to the Board.

After going through the Board, the issue will be tackled to the General Assembly composed of officials from various national sports association members.

Though Vargas is eligible to run for position in this constitution change, the 68-year-old former POC chief said he doesn’t have any plans as he is currently involved in an initiative with long-time sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan in creating a Philippine business for sports development.

POC President Bambol Tolentino spearheaded this move of having an age requirement, saying that like the International Olympic Committee, the POC must be geared towards having fresh minds into the system.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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