Three new articles show that PATAFA and its President Philip Juico has dropped Olympian Mary Joy Tabal from inclusion in the SEA Games. Tabal the Cebu Athlete took silver at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore in the Marathon. The final lineup for the SEA Games for all sports. Is expected to be finalized in the next few days for the 2017 SEA Games. With accreditation and other requirements well underway.
Juico drops Olympian Mary Joy Tabal from the national pool: ‘Ayaw na namin sa ‘yo, tapos’
From: Gerry Ramos
THE Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) formally cut ties with Olympian Mary Joy Tabal, who it said has been causing disruption and divisiveness within the federation.
Patafa president Philip Ella Juico said he has already given up on the 27-year-old marathoner, adding the national track and field team is ready to do battle in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia without her.
“Ayaw na namin sa iyo, tapos,” said an exasperated Juico during a hastily called press conference on Monday at the board room of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).
“Sisirain mo itong community, wawasakin mo pa itong federation,” added Juico, who was surrounded by members of the national training pool, coaching staff, and top officials of the federation. “Tigil na, tama na. This has been going on for too long.”
Tabal, of Barangay Guba, Cebu City, has refused to join the national pool and is training on her own with the help of her personal coach.
But Patafa insisted the selection for the final lineup of the Philippine team for the SEA Games does not rest on performance alone.
Juico stressed among the equally important conditions for inclusion and retention in the national team are word of honor, fidelity to the national team, respect for athletes and authority, commitment to the federation, and the absence of abhorrent attitude of entitlement.
Tabal, a silver medal winner in the 2015 Singapore SEA Games that should’ve been enough to make her a cinch for this year’s contingent, has violated most of these requirements, Juico said.
“Athletes should build a good character and attitude,” said longtime national coach Jojo Posadas. “This is a national level, so you have to be a good example as a good coach and as a good player.”
“We have to follow rules and regulations.”
PATAFA’s Juico on marathoner Tabal: ‘We don’t like you’
“This person (Tabal) has used PATAFA like a revolving door. She competes and then leaves,” Juico, who is also the current chairman of the Philippine Super Liga, said.
When asked if Juico will still let Tabal compete in the upcoming SEAG, he bluntly said, “We don’t like you (Tabal), you don’t want to follow the rules but (if ever we meet) I will talk to you and I will be civil.”
Others included Tabal’s sponsorship with Milo, her request to remain in Cebu City to train whilst the majority of the athletes are in Manila, and issues with her personal coach.
“This has been going on for too long. Others might get affected and that is what I’m afraid of. We need to stop this,” Juico said.
A privilege not a right
Jojo Posadas, the husband of renowned athlete Elma Muros, was also present at the meeting and shared his disappointment towards Tabal’s behavior.
“In my own opinion, I will not accept her. In the first place, does she know how to respect? You should obey first before you complain. You have to be a role model,” said Posadas.
“Our previous well-known athletes like Manny Pacquiao, Paeng Nepumuceno were never like that, who the hell is she criticizing the association?”
An athlete for almost 20 years, veteran Marestella Torres-Sunang also shared her side regarding the issue. “I never experienced any problem in the association because being an athlete, you have to follow the authority.
“Being an athlete, it is not all about the performance. Rather, you also have to follow and make sure you have the right attitude.”
High jump record holder Sean Guevarra only had one thing to say. “Being a national team member is a privilege, not a right.”
Tabal, who is currently on her way to the Philippines from Canada, will have her own press conference on Tuesday, May 6, in Cebu
PATAFA rules out SEAG stint for Tabal
(The Philippine Star) | Updated June 6, 2017 – 12:00 am
The PATAFA is doing what is just and what is right. And we’re doing this in fairness to all the other athletes who are working hard and towing the line,” Juico said.
Tabal, who is in Canada, reserved her comments on the issue.
“I was advised not to say something. I am still on my way traveling back to Cebu. Will have a meeting with the team tomorrow,” she said.
“Will try to do it,” she said in a message to The STAR.
Over the past month, Tabal was in Tuscany, a region in central Italy. And trained hard for the Scotiabank Ottawa Half-Marathon held in Canada last May 28.
Patafa president shuts door on Joy
Sought for his opinion, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Ramon Fernandez said he hopes the Patafa leadership would consider everything because the country wants the best athletes to don the Philippine colors in the 2017 Sea Games on Aug. 19 to 30 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “Hope they will look into this matter very well. Maybe Patafa knows something that we don’t know. They may have a secret weapon better than Tabal,” added the PBA legend. Fernandez said that PSC does not really have a say about the line-up since it’s the responsibility of the different NSAs. The final line up for the Philippine delegation for the 2017 Sea Games will be made known after June 19.
Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And is current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
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