By: Julian Malonso <email@example.com>
Former POC President
The Philippine Olympic Committee is under the International Olympic Committee. Administrative matters are the only concern of the POC with regard to the National Sports Associations. The National Sports Associations are autonomous which is its inherent, inalienable right. The National Sports Associations itself cannot waive or allow itself to be trampled. It shall resist government, religious and economic pressure.
In questions of technicalities, the National Sports Associations are under their respective International Sports Federations (ISF). In the case of BAP, it is under the FIBA, its International Federation.
POC President Jose Cojuangco should not interfere in the interior affairs of the BAP like the national basketball team losing to a team composed of actors.
The concern of the POC is the harmony of the National Sports Associations.
In the case of the BAP, the POC undermines the BAP instead of unifying it.
The only time the POC can act is when within the sports association, its members cannot agree. The sports association may appeal to the POC.
The POC is undermining the BAP by organizing another association so-called "Samahan ng Basketball" composed of the so-called stakeholders which Secretary General of the FIBA, Patrick Baumann, does not understand. "Stakeholder" is not in the sports vocabulary.
The National Sports Associations like the BAP are composed of their regional associations, and there are sixteen of them. They elect their officers.
The IOC representative should be consulted first to get his advice.
This case embarrasses the Philippines because the POC officials are ignorant of the IOC rules.
The IOC representative should not be a party to any group and should not take part in the deliberations as it happened before, in the elections of Celso Dayrit and the ouster of Cristy Ramos.
The IOC represetative to the Philippines, Frank Elizalde, told then Deputy Secretary General of the FIBA, Patric Baumann, that there was already a case pending in the Court of Appeals with regard to the previous election of Quintellano Literal for the BAP presidency.
The Court of Appeals is a government entity. That was a clear government intervention, prohibited by IOC rules of no government intervention in sports.