Patafa signs up for peace talks; PSC says Obiena signature only thing needed for mediation to begin

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EJ Obiena

The ball is now in EJ Obiena’s court, after Patafa signs up for mediation.—AFP

Half of the solution to the athletics controversy is in place.

That is if you asked the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), which has received formal papers from the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) indicating the federation’s willingness to undergo mediation.

It now awaits EJ Obiena’s move.

“We will wait for EJ,” PSC Chair Butch Ramirez said on Wednesday. “Only Patafa submitted its mediation papers yesterday.”

Obiena could not be reached for comment at press time. According to Ramirez, the Tokyo Olympian has already verbally indicated his willingness to undergo mediation, but has yet to affix his signature on mediation papers transmitted to him by the PSC.

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