MANILA, Philippines – Taekwondo jin Allain Ganapin made history by becoming the first Filipino athlete in the sport to secure a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Paralympic Games.
World Taekwondo formally sent Philippine Paralympic Committee President Michael Barredo on Tuesday a letter confirming that Ganapin received a bipartisan invitation to the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 24. 5.
“We are happy to announce Ganapin’s qualification for the Paralympic Games. We thank World Taekwondo for the opportunity, ‘”said Barredo, who was recently unanimously appointed as vice president of the Asian Paralympic Committee.
Ganapin, who will enter the men’s K44 – 75kg division, participated in the Asian Taekwondo Paralympic Qualifying Tournament two weeks ago in Amman, Jordan, where he claimed a bronze medal.
Congratulations Allain Ganapin for qualifying for Tokyo 2020 @ Paralympics!
– Sports Commission of the Philippines (@psc_gov) June 8, 2021
It will be the first time taekwondo will be played at the Paralympic Games.
Ganapin joins Asian Paralympic Games champion swimmer Ernie Gawilan as a qualifier for the Paralympic Games.
Gawilan, a triple gold medalist at the 2018 APG in Indonesia, will formalize his Paralympic campaign in a qualifying race later this month in Germany.
Table tennis Paralympic Games bronze medalist Josephine Medina is also expected to qualify, but there is no formal announcement yet.
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