The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) executive board lifted the suspension of Philippine Swimming Inc and gave recognition to Philippine Table Tennis Federation as the legitimate body in the sport.

United Philippine Surfing Association under the leadership of Jorge Canlas is set to be recognized as a member of the POC during the General Assembly on Nov. 22.

Surfing will be a regular event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Also tackled during the board meeting were issues in tennis, arnis and weightlifting.

Samahang Weightlifters ng Pilipinas submitted all the necessary requirements requested by the membership committee to prove its legitimacy.

POC membership committee chair Robert Bachmann has asked the POC board an extension of five days to study the documents submitted by SWP president Monico Puentevella.

A total of 39 out of 43 voting national sports associations, meanwhile, have signed a petition to remove Arnis Philippines headed by Raymond Velayo as a regular member of the POC general assembly.

Meanwhile, the POC executive board required the Philta leadership to amend its constitution and bylaws, expand its membership and hold an election to end the long-standing leadership struggle within the association.

Present during the meeting were POC president Ricky Vargas, chairman Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino, 1st VP Joey Romasanta, 2nd VP Jeff Tamayo, auditor Jonne Go, board of directors Prospero Pichay and Cynthia Carrion.

POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio, former POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr., International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, POC deputy secretary general Karen Caballero and POC communications director Ed Picson were also present.




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