Race on to book Obiena’s Team Philippines slot after Patafa drops Tokyo Olympian

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The POC will take the lead in trying to get Obiena to compete for the Philippines internationally. —AFP

The battle to get EJ Obiena competing for the country in two major international competitions this year is officially on after the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) announced it was cutting ties with the world No. 5 pole vaulter.

In a statement to media offices on Friday, the Patafa said it was moving forward from the Obiena incident, saying the Tokyo Olympian had “chosen to remove himself from the jurisdiction of” the national federation.

“He decided to align, work with and avail himself of total support purportedly guaranteed by his patrons, agents, and political backers,” read the statement, which was signed by Patafa chair Rep. Rufus Rodriguez and president Philip Ella Juico.

The statement did not explicitly say whether the Patafa would…

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