Filipino pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena introduced that he’s not participating within the upcoming World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia subsequent week.
“I’ve not been endorsed for the Worlds. Registration is now closed,” he wrote on his Fb web page on Saturday evening. “I will not be attending. I’m the one top-ranked vaulter not collaborating.”
Obiena is ranked fifth on this planet standings and holds the 4th highest leap of the season. He lamented that the nation was not put first and solely comes after “private issues for some”.
“Nation has not been put first by all, Nation comes after private issues for some. That is greater than unlucky. The nation pays the value,” Obiena wrote. “If nation was ever put first, I ought to be headed to Belgrade now. However I’m not. I’ll watch it on TV like hundreds of thousands of others. I’ll see different nations take the medal that Philippines ought to be successful.”
He branded his put up as “At present, the nation I like loses,” as he was already ready to participate and convey residence a medal, being the primary Philippine home-grown athlete to compete within the World Indoor Championships.
The nationwide file holder continues to be concerned in a bitter dispute with the Philippine Athletics Monitor and Area Affiliation (Patafa), over points surrounding the fee of his coach.
Whereas the Patafa didn’t embrace Obiena in its record of observe and subject contributors for the upcoming Southeast Asian Video games in Vietnam, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) included him.