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Late payments made by EJ Obiena (right) to his coach Vitaly Petrov (back turned) are the main crux of the row between the pole vaulter and his mother federation. —PDI FILES.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will be forced to suspend financial assistance to the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) and star pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena if a planned mediation process aimed at patching the rift between the two parties doesn’t take place.

This was revealed to the Inquirer on Monday by a source privy to the ongoing probe on the controversy between the athlete and his federation.

The onus on agreeing to mediation is currently on the shoulders of Obiena, who has yet to sign the mediation submission agreement transmitted to both parties three weeks ago by the PSC, which is looking to resolve the current row between the athletics body and the Tokyo…

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