Patafa cuts ties with pole vaulter EJ Obiena

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FILE–Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Clark. —MARIANNE BERMUDEZ.

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association said it is cutting ties with Olympian pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

In a joint statement from Patafa Chairman Rufus Rodriguez and President Philip Ella Juico, Patafa said it is  dropping all support for Obiena as the pole vaulter already receives the necessary help from private backers.

“The Patafa moves on,” said Juico and Rodriguez in the statement. “With respect to Mr. Ernest John Obiena, he has chosen to remove himself from the jurisdiction of Patafa.”

“He decided to align, work with and avail himself of total support purportedly guaranteed by his patrons, agents, and political backers. They are expected to support his training, maintenance, medical needs, and compliance with requirements of…

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