The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) gave Olympian Mary Joy Tabal another shot to represent the country in the coming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this August 19 to 31.
In a statement released to the media on Thursday, PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico said the association heeded to the request of Tabal after the Cebuana marathoner agreed to comply with their conditions.
“PATAFA grants the request of Ms. Tabal to be reinstated, for the third time, to the Philippine Athletics team to the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian (SEA Games) in August 2017,” said Juico in the letter.
“We look forward to Ms. Tabal working with the entire PATAFA team as a positive contributor to the victories that the 33 other members of the Athletics team are well on their way to achieving for the country and the Filipino people,” he added.
Last June 5, PATAFA cut ties with Tabal for failing to follow the rules and regulations of the association and even accused the Olympian of sowing divisiveness to the national team.
But Juico softened his stance on the 29-year old runner and gave her another chance to represent the country in the biennial meet with certain conditions that Tabal must follow.
Amongthe conditions imposed by PATAFA is Tabal must train under five-time SEA Games gold-medalist and national coach Rene Herrera.
Tabal was allowed by the athletics body to bring her own technical staff to the SEA Games competitions, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the SEA Games organizing committee and the Philippine Olympic Committee.
PATAFA has also requested Tabal’s camp to submit their training program designed by her technical staff.
Tabal shall also report to PATAFA upon her arrival from overseas training on August 9 to familiarize herself with the responsibilities and commitments as one of the stakeholders.
The meeting will also involve the discussion of various repercussions, applicable to all PATAFA athletes, of violations of the rules.