Athletes Commission backs proactive leaders

Accommodating, proactive and forward-thinking are the qualities that athletes will be looking for in the next set of Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials.

The seven-strong Athletes Commission (AC), which enjoys two seats in the POC general assembly and a voting power in the POC elections, bared that they will push for officials who are pro-athlete when the organizing body holds its 2020 elections on 27 November.

“We’re the bridge. I think for us, what we are looking for in leadership is being accommodating is going to be an important trait to have. The other one is being proactive,” said Jake Letts of rugby during the AC’s dialogue with track and field chief Popoy Juico, who is gunning for a seat in the table as POC 1st vice president, last Friday.

“And also make sure that if we have any request, we will be accomodated. That would also be forward thinking. Overall, those are the traits that we are looking for. That way, we can make sure that athletes are in good care.”

The AC is currently composed of seven members in Letts along with Olympian swimmer Jessie Lacuna, triathlete Nikko Huelgas, Cheska Altomonte of women’s softball, taekwondo jin Samuel Morrison, Olympian weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and boxer Nesthy Petecio.

AC members are tasked to serve as the link between the athletes and ranking officials and are also responsible for promoting gender equality within the body.

Huelgas, who served as the first athletes’ commission chairman, also stressed the importance of cooperation between the next POC chairman, president and vice presidents even though they may come from different groups.

Juico, meanwhile, vowed that the voice of AC members will be given importance in POC and will be used to further craft programs for athletes.

“You have to make yourself available to the athletes and give your quality time,” Juico said, who also serves as the Philippine Superliga chairman.

“We have to define our vision and mission and we will not do it just for the sake of doing it. The mission is very much like the bylaws.”

Juico, who is running under archery chief Clint Aranas, also bared that strategic planning would be the first order of business should he succeed in the elections.

Date: October 25, 2020 | By: Bea Micaller | Newspaper: Tribune | Source: