Obiena tumirada kontra Patafa
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?”
“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)