Top marathon bet Mary Joy Tabal and Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) President Philip Ella Juico had a fruitful meeting on Monday, discussing short-term goals for the Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“They are asking me a few days to finalize everything and we came up with an agreement,” said Tabal after the closed-door meeting with Juico at the PATAFA office inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila. Part of the meeting was the clarification of PATAFA’s rules and regulations that she should follow.
“This forms part of the so called confidence, trust-building process of what we go through because of what happened in the past. We are happy that she came here with her two benefactors, who are both good men,” Juico said.
Her sponsors—Cebu-based Motor Ace Philippines representatives Jonel and Chippy Borromeo, accompanied Tabal.
Juico said that Tabal’s step to reach out to PATAFA is a good step toward her reinstatement as member of the national team.
“We discussed the direction which Tabal wishes to take with respect to her future as a national athlete bearing in mind the short term, the forthcoming Rio Olympics, and the medium and long term goals, after the Rio,” Juico said.
Tabal went through an unannounced, out-of-competition doping test, conducted by physician Alex Pineda, in accordance with the International Olympic Committee, Philippine Olympic Committee, International Association of Athletics Federation, and PATAFA requirements.
“We need a few days to promulgate our final position on her reinstatement,” Juico concluded.
Tabal has prepared a training program for the Rio Games, which is still subject to PATAFA’s approval.
Upon approval, she will train at the Nippon Sports and Science University in Yokohama, Japan in July before going to Brazil. Motor Ace will shoulder her training expenses.
“After Rio, we will be going to talk again regarding what is going to happen which is part of the long term goal,” Tabal added.
JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID