PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee second vice president and soft tennis chief Col. Jeff Tamayo will run as a member of the executive board and complete the ticket of POC presidential aspirant Atty. Clint Aranas during the POC polls on Nov. 27.
“We believe that Col. Tamayo will be a valuable asset to our team considering his track record and experience,” Aranas, who is challenging incumbent POC president and Rep. Bambol Tolentino, noted. “He has proven to be a reliable, honest and hardworking sports leader.”
“It is my privilege and honor to be part of Aranas’ ticket and in the company of distinguished sports leaders,” Tamayo said. “I hope and pray that we can live up to the challenge in being part of this dynamic and progressive team.”
A retired Air Force colonel, Tamayo is a former national taekwondo athlete and also served as vice president of the World Soft Tennis and Asian Soft Tennis Federations.
He was also the deputy chief of mission of the national squad in the 2011 Indonesia Southeast Asian Games and an advocate of the Indigenous Tribal Games and sports for hope and peace for the last 11 years.
Tamayo served as the chief of the Presidential Security Group during the term of former President Joseph Estrada and has been a longtime member and representative of Perpetual Help on the NCAA Management Committee.
The national soft tennis athletes were among the contributors to the country’s success in the 30th SEA Games last year, delivering three gold medals and one bronze in topping the five-nation discipline.