Already away from the glitz, glamour and controversies of the PBA, former league commissioner Chito Salud is once again taking the high road, but for a change as he dips his hand in the political landscape of Philippine sports.
Salud, who has been out of his previous post as president and CEO (chief executive officer) of the PBA, agreed to be part of the legal team of his friend and Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines (ABAP) president Ricky Vargas, who has been disqualified to run for Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) presidency due to technicality.
“I think our (sports) leaders should get together, see what’s best in Philippine sports. What’s best now is to allow NSAs (national sports association) to have a choice, let the democratic process run its course,” Salud told Nikko Ramos of The GOAT on FOX Sports.
In his bid to help bring change in sports, Vargas declared officially that he’s seeking the highest post of the POC over a week ago, while putting an end to the long reign of current president Peping Cojuangco Jr.
The TNT Katropa executive’s electoral bid, however, hit a snag for his failure to regularly attend the general assembly meetings of the country’s Olympic body.
Salud, who stands as Vargas’ spokesperson for the case, argued that the words “active” member have no such definition in the by-laws of the POC.
The former PBA commissioner stressed if the POC stands on its decision to disqualify Vargas from running, they will be forced to seek a court trial for “an objective and authoritative ruling.”
Salud, though remains hopeful they will not have to go that far for Philippine sports’ sake.
“(The) change that public has been looking for is not to let politics ruin the sports. Let’s set aside politics,” he pleaded.
The Philippines plummeted to sixth place in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and while placing 22nd overall in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Catch the full and exclusive interview of Nikko Ramos with Salud next Thursday on The GOAT, 9:30 pm on FOX Sports. – Jason Mercene
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