PH delegation to Tokyo could be largest since 2000 Games

Tuesday, POC President Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino at the PSA Forum. PSA PHOTO / FILE

Over the next 20 days, the Philippines team will step up a gear and finalize the parts required for a golden breakthrough at the Tokyo Olympics.

The President of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, is convinced that the Philippine delegation will have a maximum of 20 athletes to accomplish the colossal task of winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal.

“The projection is 15 to 20 athletes. If we are able to send 20, then that will be our biggest delegation in the past 21 years, ” said Tolentino, citing PH’s 20-athlete contingent at the 2000 Sydney Games.

So far there are nine official qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics with 2016 Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifting, world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, jumping ace headlining. pole vault EJ Obiena and world champion in women’s boxing Nesthy Petecio.

Boxers Carlo Paalam, Irish Magno and Eumir Marcial are also part of the elite cast along with rower Cris Nievarez and Kurt Barbosa from taekwondo.

US Open women’s champion Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Juvic Pagunsan of golf will most likely be in the Olympic Cup pending their official inclusion, as will Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal of skateboard and four-time winner. of the Southeast Asian Games Kiyomi Watanabe. The Olympic deadline for qualifying in various sports is June 22-30.

“By counting these athletes plus the possible athletes in karatedo, judo, triathlon, archery, swimming and track and field, our chances of winning the gold medal will be much greater than in the Previous Olympics, ”Tolentino said. INQ

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