January 19

Sports groups hold own rallies

first_imgAnd the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View commentslast_img read more

December 26


first_imgSHAY GIVEN could have a new club within days after being granted permission to miss Ireland’s friendly with Italy in Liege.The Lifford man had a superb game against Macedonia, pulling off several world class saves to help the national side to a Euro qualifier 2-0 win on Saturday night.And that was despite being targeted by soccer hooligans who shone a laser pen into his face in the first minute of the match. While Shay went on to have a great game, his Man City team-mate Joe Hart was having a nightmare at Wembley as England struggled to a 2-2 draw with Switzerland.Ireland assistant boss Marco Tardelli confirmed Given’s absence from the match in Belgium.“I think Shay Given and Kevin Kilbane have a problem,” said Tardelli.Now it’s understood Shay will have talks with Manchester City about his future. He still has two years left on his contract with the club and City are keen to keep the 35-year-old as cover for Joe Hart.But the County Donegal man craves first team football and he has been linked with a number of clubs including Celtic, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs and Leicester City.Sources have not ruled out a loan move to Championship side Leicester with a 24-hour recall clause.Given would also love a return to Celtic.The situation is being monitored by Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool where Pepe Reina may well decide to leave Anfield this summer. If he does, it is almost certain that Given will go to Liverpool.Meanwhile former Ireland star Matt Holland was full of praise for Shay after the weekend win.“I thought Shay was superb,” said Holland.“He has had a frustrating season at Manchester City but twice he was called into action in Skopje and he made two wonderful saves. “His save in the 13th minute from Goran Pandev illustrated all that is wonderful about Given.“When you see Brad Friedel at 40 getting a two-year contract with Spurs you do really scratch your head at how Shay, five years younger, is still sitting on the bench at Manchester City.”OTHER STORIES:SHAY TARGETED BY HOOLIGANS:SHAY UNINJURED AFTER MACEDONIA FANS TARGET HIM WITH LASER PENSHAY MISSES ITALY GAME TO SORT OUT CLUB FUTURE was last modified: June 5th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:arsenalCelticitalyLiverpoolShay Givenspurslast_img read more