MANILA, Philippines – The head of the Philippine Sports Commission, Butch Ramirez, believes it is time for a Filipino to finally get over the hump at the Olympics.
A total of 19 Filipinos will compete in the upcoming Tokyo Games, the country’s largest delegation since it sent 20 athletes in Sydney 2000.
“I really think we are going to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics. We are going to have gold, silver and bronze because we also have newcomers who are capable of surprises, “said Ramírez in Filipino during an interview with Radyo Pilipinas Dos.
“You don’t have to wait 12 years before you win a medal at the Olympics. It will depend on talent, training, exposure, serendipity, and timing. There are many factors. “
Leading the stacked Filipino contingent is Rio Hidilyn Diaz weightlifting silver medalist, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, reigning US Women’s Open champion Yuka Saso and contender middleweight Eumir Marcial.
Three other boxers in Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam and two more golfers in Bianca Pagdanganan and Juvic Pagunsan also secured spaces in the long-delayed Games.
Rounding out the team are Asian skate champion Margielyn Didal, 2018 Asian Games judo silver medalist Kiyomi Watanabe, up-and-coming weightlifter Elreen Ando, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, rower Cris Nievarez, shooter Jayson Valdez , sprinter Kristina Knott and swimmers. Luke Gebbie and Remedy Rule.
The Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will take place from July 23 to August 8.
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