POC complaint about SEAG officiating gets OCA backing
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) is throwing its support behind the bid of the Philippine Olympic Committee to improve the level of officiating in the biennial Southeast Asian Games.
OCA president Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah, who arrived in the country Sunday afternoon for a brief vacation, urged POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco to come up with a formal letter so it can be raised not only in the SEAG Federation Council but in the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well.
The OCA chief said that since Cojuangco’s daughter, Mikee Jaworski, is an IOC representative, she can likewise lend a hand in the matter.
Cojuangco noted that officiating has worsened in the last few editions of the regional sportsfest with the host country enjoying an enormous advantage in calls made by referees and judges.
“The OCA president told us to come up with a proposal that we can present to the (SEAG) Federation Council,” said Cojuangco, who met Al-Sabah at the airport.
However, Cojuangco admits that should changes and some modifications be approved, it will be enforced in the 2017 SEAG, and not during the 28th edition that Singapore is staging this June.
Cojuangco said that the Philippines is not the only country in the 11-nation event that has been complaining about officiating.
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