Philippines – Two legislators required an investigation into the contention between post vaulter EJ Obiena and sports affiliation Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa), refering to the squeezing need to address the matter with the goal that the competitor can zero in on his preparation.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Pia Cayetano have recorded a goal asking the chamber’s council on sports to direct a test into the issue and into approaches “to guarantee competitors’ government assistance and sports advancement in the nation, remembering the evacuation of managerial weight for them.”
There is a critical need to address the matter including Obiena and Patafa to empower our elite competitor and one of the most mind-blowing post vaulters on the planet to zero in on his preparation and rivalries. They likewise focused on the need to audit the current principles and works on, including Patafa’s taking care of and payment of assets to mentors, competitors and staff.
Along with this, Patafa, established in 1964, is the public games affiliation managing games sports, for example, olympic style events, street running, crosscountry running and race strolling.
Last year, Patafa blamed Obiena for misrepresenting liquidation reports which he submitted to the affiliation and that he neglected to pay the charges of his Ukranian mentor Vitaly Petrov. The competitor was likewise requested to return 85,000 euros (around P4.93 million). For this reason, Obiena and Petrov have denied Patafa’s charges, with the mentor affirming that he had gotten the full installment of his expenses.
The shaft vaulter, who arrived as finalist in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, conceded that he experienced issues dealing with his accounts all alone, adding that he needed to by and by deal with the installments of his mentors just as different individuals from his staff.
As indicated by him, this moved him to request that Patafa shoulder the training charges of Petrov and different costs, however claimed that the affiliation rejected his solicitation.
Recently, Obiena officially declined intercession proposed by the Philippine Sports Commission, claiming “dishonesty” with respect to Patafa and its leader Philip Ella Juico. Obiena is at present the World No. 5 and Asian record-holder in post vaulting.