National Sports Association chiefs that have delivered over the past year complete the lineup of Bambol Tolentino’s ticket for his bid for another run as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee.
For his chairman, Tolentino selected triathlon’s Tom Carrasco.
Under his watch, triathlon flourished in the country over the past decade, dominating the South East Asian region while being part of Asia’s elite. Besides this, sponsors have come left and right for the country’s triathletes.
As his treasurer and secretary, Tolentino tapped gymnastics and dancesport chief Cynthia Carrion and baseball head Chito Loyzaga, respectively.
Carrion, a famous socialite, has made turned gymnastics and dance into mainstream sports, highlighted by Caloy Yulo’s international campaign and the dancers’ dominance in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
On the other hand, Loyzaga is in the midst of rebuilding the country’s baseball scene. The basketball legend has formed a crack national team in both men’s and women’s that are slowly making it into Asia’s best. All the while, the grassroots programs of the sport are making a comeback as well.
Completing the ticket are board members Dave Carter of judo, Pearl Managuelod of muay thai, Raul Canlas of surfing, and Prospero Pichay of chess.
First announced by Tolentino were his vice presidents, Al Panlilio of basketball and Richard Gomez of fencing and modern penthatlon.
Tolentino, who is going up against Clint Aranas, is seeking a full term as president of the agency.
All 51 National Sports Associations, two representatives from the Athletes Commission, and IOC executive board member Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski will convene on November 27 for the election.