PH team in Tokyo Olympics, SEAGames urged to get COVID-19 jabs on May 28

Marje Pelayo   •   May 26, 2021   •   506

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is encouraging all delegates to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the South East Asian Games this year to get COVID-19 vaccine shots set for Friday (May 28).

According to POC Chief Abraham Tolentino, they are now coordinating with the National Sports Association for the list of athletes, coaches and other members of the Philippine Team to proceed to the Manila Prince Hotel on Friday for the vaccination.

Tolentino urged the delegation to take advantage of the opportunity and spare themselves the long wait for a vaccination slot in their localities.

“We have the masterlist sa POC pwede na pong i-submit yun para sa Biyernes tuloy tuloy na po yung vaccination nila yung nandito po sa NCR,” he said.

The POC is also working on scheduling the vaccination of athletes who are in the provinces and abroad.

“Iyong announcement ng Vietnam na ‘no-vaccination’ policy, talagang wala kaming magagawa hindi ka makakasama. Kung talagang ayaw magpabakuna hindi naman natin pwedeng pwersahin pero didisisyunan ng NSA na mapapalitan ka kung ayaw mo magpabakuna,” Tolentino said noting that athletes competing in the upcoming international events are also part of the priority list.

He is confident that all concerned will avail of the opportunity.

Aside from the athletes and coaches, sports officials and members of the media who will be covering the sports events are also expected at the vaccination on Friday. MNP (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC

Duterte pledges P3 million plus fully furnished house and lot for Hidilyn Diaz

Maris Federez   •   July 29, 2021

1/6 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte returns the salute of weightlifter and airwoman Hidilyn Diaz, who won the country’s first Olympic gold medal, during a video call at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park on July 28, 2021.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to give P3 million and a fully furnished house and lot to 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz.

Duterte made the promise to Diaz on Wednesday night when the athlete paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive via a virtual conference upon her arrival from Japan.

The president said the P3 million is on top of the P10 million that she would receive from the government as provided by law.

Aside from the cash and the house and lot in her hometown in Zamboanga City, Duterte will also award Diaz with a Presidential Medal of Merit for bringing honor to the country.

“As expected the nation is ecstatic about your achievement. Your achievement is the achievement of the Philippine nation,” the president said. “We are extremely proud. We cannot express even in the words how we should really be shouting Hallelujah!”

Duterte also urged Diaz to move ahead and forget the unfortunate events that happened in the past.

“I hope that the years of toils, the years of disappointments, and the years na hindi maganda ang nangyari in the past, just forget them,” Duterte said.

“And it would be good for you to just let bygones be bygones and dwell solely on your victory, together with your family and, of course, with the nation,” he added.

Diaz clinched the gold in the women’s 55-kg category. Her victory ended the country’s Olympics gold medal drought since the Philippines joined the prestigious sports event 1924. —/mbmf

Nesthy Petecio assures another medal for PH after advancing in the semis

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 28, 2021

Nesthy Petecio of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Women’s Featherweight (57kg) final match against Ni Nwe Oo of Myanmar at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

Boxer Nesthy Petecio assured the Philippines of another medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after defeating Columbia’s Arias Castaneda on Wednesday (July 28) via unanimous decision, 5-0, at the women’s featherweight quarterfinal match.

Petecio showed her relentless endurance and patience in blocking Castaneda’s punches while waiting for the perfect opening to retaliate. She punched her way in guaranteeing a bronze medal for the country after advancing in the semi-finals.

Two judges scored 30-27, while the remaining three judges gave their score 29-28 in favor of Petecio. Her next bout is against Italy’s Irma Testa on July 31.

Petecio’s victory ended the Philippines’ 25-year medal drought in boxing. The country’s last medal was after Onyok Velasco won the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. AAC




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