The Philippine Olympic Committee
(POC) is the National Olympic Committee
of the Philippines
About the POC
The POC is a private, non-governmental organization composed of and serve as the mother organization of all National Sports Associations (NSAs) in the Philippines. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as having the sole authority for representation of the Philippines in the Olympic Games
, the Asian Games
, the Southeast Asian Games
and other multi-event competitions.
The POC is financially independent and does not receive any subsidy from government, though its member NSAs receive some financial assistance from the Philippine Sports Commission
. Instead, the POC supports its own activities with funds generated from sponsorships, licensing fees on the use of the Olympic marks, IOC subsidy and proceeds from special projects and donations.
History of the POC
The first time organized sports was introduced in the Philippines was during the American occupation with the formation of the Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation by Governor General F.B. Harrison
in 1913. This also marked the holding of the first Far Eastern Games
played with China
When the Philippines joined the International Olympic Committee in 1918, a requisite for its entry was a solitary participation by David Nepomuceno in 1924 Olympic Games
who competed in Athletics in Paris
The first Filipino Chairman of the then Philippine Amateur Athletic Federation was......