Philippines / Sports

PATAFA endorses EJ Obiena for SEA Games as mediation ends

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  World-ranked Filipino pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (Photo from EJ’s FB page) MANILA – The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) and world-ranked pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena have finally settled their misunderstandings as Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairperson Butch Ramirez succeeded in reconciling the two parties through the mediation … Continue reading


Philippines / Sports

Senator Go rues wasted chance of not having Obiena in pole vault worlds

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  Pole vault star Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (Photo from EJ Facebook page) MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Sunday expressed his disappointment after Ernest John “EJ” Obiena confirmed the night before that he will not be in the World Indoor Championships next week in Belgrade. His absence means Obiena, the world No. 5 … Continue reading

Philippines / Sports

‘Let athletes focus on bringing glory’, Go to sports officials

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go (File photo) MANILA – Senator Christopher “Bong” Go called on sports officials to promote the welfare of national athletes and let them focus on their training, instead of dragging them into issues that should be resolved amicably by sports officials. “Trabaho ninyo na tulungan sila. Iresolba at ibigay mga pangangailangan nila. Pagaanin ang … Continue reading


Asia’s pole vault king Obiena dropped from PH team

By Ivan Stewart Saldajeno  Ernest John “EJ” Obiena (File photo) MANILA – The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) has taken out Asia’s pole vault king Ernest John “EJ” Obiena from its pool as their ongoing row took yet another major turn. PATAFA announced on Tuesday that it is recommending Obiena’s removal from the national team … Continue reading