PANAMA CITY, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- New president of Panama's Olympic Committee (COP) Camilo Amado announced a plan to reform the organization during his four-year term, local media said on Monday.
Amado said his main objective was to leave behind a good legacy, adding "the goal is to build the technical and scientific means to measure the athletes' performance, there are many good athletes in the country, we just have to formalize it."
In an interview published by local daily La Prensa, Amado said he aimed "to completely reform the COP's statutes, so it can be registered both in Panama and at the International Olympic Committee (IOC)."
The COP's legal recognition was suspended due to a conflict arising from the questionable election process of the previous president, Miguel Sanchiz. The conflict was serious enough to threaten Panama's participation in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, said Amado, and led to a series of lawsuits and court battles.
The COP's new president said updating the organization's statutes to include a code of ethics, among other changes, was a "healthy" development.
Amado said the new COP had already gained international recognition and would now focus on promoting Panamana's athletic sector.
Amado was elected the COP's new head on Dec. 16.