Aranas, Hontiveros tipped to seek POC presidency

This early, archery chief Clint Aranas and handball president Steve Hontiveros are tipped to seek the presidency in the Nov. 27 elections of the Philippine Olympic Committee.

Many heads of national sports associations are considering the two based on their experience and expertise.

Aranas is getting support for his knowledge as a lawyer and as a legal expert, while Hontiveros is being sought after for being a long-time hand in the Philippine Olympic community.

“The POC needs new faces, and Mr. Aranas is there. Mr. Hontiveros has been around for a long time. But they still need experience,” said POC first vice president Joey Romasanta.

Talks on the candidates started right after the POC executive board deferred its decision to introduce of changes in the Philippine Olympic Committee constitution and bylaws.

Discussions on the amendments have been put off for after the polls.

Members of the executive board is keen on using the current charter of the POC.

There were many proposals that have been forwarded over the past months.

And the first to be approved is the age limit of 78 that will be imposed for leaders of national sports associations who are running for elective positions.

Another proposal that is being reviewed is that board members who are elected will be limited to just two straight terms.

After that, anyone running for a post can do so after resting for one, four-year Olympic cycle.

Changes in the charter will take effect after the November polls.

The POC election committee is to be composed of Atty. Teodoro Kalaw IV as chairman, former International Olympic Committee representative Frank Elizalde and the chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Eric Martinez.

The filing of the certificate of candidacy will be from Oct. 1 to 30. The campaign period starts on Nov. 1.

Topics: Clint Aranas , Steve Hontiveros , Frank Elizalde , Philippine Olympic Committee , Joey Romasanta , Eric Martinez , Teodoro Kalaw IV
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