Patafa keeps Obiena in national pool—for now; federation forwards documents to PSC, COA for scrutiny

EJ Obiena was valiant in the pole vault finals, but failed to truly mount a challenge and finishing in 11th spot.

Things are expected to quiet down with the EJ Obiena saga as the Patafa heeded—for now—the PSC’s demand to keep the Olympian in the national pool. —REUTERS

The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) has decided to heed the demands of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), deferring its decision to boot out Ernest John Obiena from the national team for at least two weeks.

Patafa chair Rufus Rodriguez, who represents the second district of Cagayan de Oro City in Congress, said in a letter on Thursday the federation will not implement the recommendation of its fact-finding committee last Dec. 29, “in deference to the comment made by Malacañang and due respect to the PSC.”

The Patafa has also said it will keep a tight lip on the issue and an Inquirer source has revealed that the federation has already submitted documents to the PSC and to the Commission…

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