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ASP, Goma, Carrion, Loyzaga elected as POC officers

Team Performance’s Al Panlilio of basketball, Richard Gomez of fencing and modern triathlon, Cynthia Carrion-Norton of gymnastics, and Chito Loyzaga of baseball were elected as officers of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Friday afternoon at East Ocean Palace in Parañaque City.

Panlilio defeated athletics’ Popoy Juico for first vice-president, 30 votes to 23. He replaces Joey Romasanta of volleyball and karatedo.

Gomez, who was the POC’s deputy secretary-general from 2016, was elected second vice president after defeating rugby’s Ada Milby, 31-22. Col. Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis previously held the post.

Carrion and Loyzaga were elected treasurer and auditor, respectively. The gymnastics chief ousted Julian Camacho of wushu, 27-22.

Meanwhile, the basketball legend Loyzaga eked a 27-24 victory over weightlifting’s Monico Puentevella. Jonne Go of canoe and kayak was the previous auditor.

It was not a clean sweep for POC President-elect Bambol Tolentino. Steve Hontiveros of handball defeated triathlon’s Tom Carrasco to remain as chairman, 28-25.

Composing the board are Dr. George Canlas of surfing (36 votes), muay thai’s Pearl Managuelod (31), netball’s Atty. Charlie Ho (28), and judo’s Dave Carter (27).

Those who did not make it were Tamayo (23), chess’ Prospero Pichay (18), Robert Mananquil of billiards (21), and Robert Bachmann of squash (24).

Their terms will begin on January 1, 2021.

Fifty-three votes were cast — 50 from the national sporting associations; two from athlete’s commission representatives Hidilyn Diaz and Jessie Lacuna; and International Olympic Committee representative Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. Table tennis was not able to place a vote.

Votes from Diaz, football, and skating were sent electronically.

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