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Monsour stays as SEA Games chief of mission

VARGAS RECONSIDERS

Monsour del Rosario will get to keep his position as chief of mission to the 30th Southeast Asian Games, after all.
After stripping him of power, Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Victorico Vargas formally appointed del Rosario as head of delegation when the country hosts the prestigious biennial meet next year.
Vargas already signed del Rosario’s appointment paper as well as that of his deputies in Robert Bachman of squash and Ada Milby of rugby.
The appointment of controversial Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) secretary general Raymund Lee Reyes as one of the deputies, however, remains on hold pending the outcome of the investigation being conducted by the POC arbitrations committee on his alleged mismanagement of fund.
On the other hand, POC chairman Abraham Tolentino will serve as SEA Games sports director.
“Finally, all’s well that ends well,” said a POC insider, noting that Vargas was supposed to replace del Rosario with Tolentino following his victory over Jose “Peping” Cojuangco in a court-ordered election last Feb. 23.
“With Monsour’s formal appointment as chief of mission, we can now all move on and focus on winning the overall title.”
Del Rosario confirmed the veracity of the source’s claim, saying that he is grateful to Vargas, Tolentino and Gregorio for reinstating him.
“Rest assured that I will give the same dedication as I did when I was the CDM for the national fighting team that fought for the country last year in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan,” said del Rosario in a statement.
The source added that now that del Rosario’s appointment had been formalized, the POC now buckle down to work to make sure that the overall title will be conquered.
Tolentino, POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio and his deputy in Karen Tanchanco-Caballero are set to sit down with national sports association (NSA) leaders for an exploratory meeting on Monday at the POC office in Philsports compound.
Based on the memo obtained by Tribune, each NSAs will be given a maximum of 20 minutes to present their proposed events, gold-medal projection, technical and venue requirements and historical medal contribution dating back to 2005 -- the year the country last won the overall crown.
Since then, the country’s performance went downhill as it settled for sixth in 2007 in Thailand, fifth in 2009 in Laos, sixth in 2011 in Indonesia, seventh in 2013 in Myanmar, sixth in 2015 in Singapore, and sixth in 2017 in Malaysia.
The source added that relevant and accurate data and other information would also be submitted to help the SEA Games Organizing Committee in finalizing the inclusion of their respective sports and various events.
“Everything will be discussed,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The POC is making sure that no stone will be left unturned in coming up with a good hosting and a good performance in the SEA Games next year.”
In his previous statement, Vargas emphasized the need to come up with a strong performance en route to winning its second overall title.
“There are two parts: Great hosting and great results,” he said. “The perfect setup is if we would be a great host yet we accomplish a lot in the medal tally.”

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