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Binira ni 2020+1 Tokyo Olympics men’s pole vault 11th placer Ernest John Obiena ang Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association sa aniya’y pagbabago sa nilikhang isyu laban sa kanya kaugnay sa €85K (P4.8M) financial assistance na coaching fee kay Vitaly Petrov ng Ukraine.

Sa kanyang latest statement Martes, ikinagulat ng 26-year-old pole national athlete ang pag-iba ng tono ng Patafa, “written letters of accusing me of embezzlement, to suddenly changing to timing of payments?”

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“PATAFA accused me, in writing, of committing serious crimes of embezzlement and outright ‘theft’ of monies intended for my coach, Vitaly Petrov, ” litanya niya.

Idiniin ni Obiena na una nang itinanggi ni Petrov nitong Linggo ang mga alegasyon ng Patafa sa kanya. “Now the issue is, apparently, I perhaps did not pay Petrov ‘on time. That’s a long way from embezzlement and theft that they accused me of. I am not a lawyer, but as far as I know, paying late isn’t a crime. I have already admitted I am a pole vaulter not an accountant,” aniya pa. (Janiel Abby Toralba)

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