MANILA, Philippines – Taekwondo jin Allain Ganapin made history when he became the sport’s first Filipino para-athlete to secure a berth at the upcoming Tokyo Paralympic Games.
World Taekwondo officially sent Philippine Paralympic Committee Chairman Michael Barredo a letter on Tuesday confirming that Ganapin has been awarded a bipartisan invitation to the Paralympic Games on August 24. 5.
“We are happy to announce the qualification of Ganapin for the Paralympic Games. We thank World Taekwondo for this opportunity, ”said Barredo, who was recently unanimously appointed Vice President of the Asian Paralympic Committee.
Ganapin, who will be entered in the men’s K44 – 75kg division, competed in the Asian Paralympic Taekwondo Qualifying Tournament two weeks ago in Amman, Jordan, where he won a bronze medal.
Congratulations to Allain Ganapin on qualifying for Tokyo 2020 @Paralympic Games!
– Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) June 8, 2021
This will be the first time that taekwondo will be played at the Paralympic Games.
Completely joins Asian Paralympic Games champion swimmer Ernie Gawilan as a qualification for the Paralympic Games.
Gawilan, a three-time APG 2018 gold medalist in Indonesia, will formalize his Paralympic campaign in a classification race later this month in Germany.
Paralympic table tennis bronze medalist Joséphine Medina is also expected to qualify, but there is no official announcement yet.
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