PH expects 2 more Tokyo qualifiers through the universality rule

By: Glendale G. Rosal - CDN Digital Correspondent | July 01,2021 - 05:09 PM

A man wears a protective mask amid the COVID-19 outbreak in front of the giant Olympic rings in Tokyo, Japan, in this January 13, 2021, file photo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Philippines is looking to add two more qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics slated from July 23 to August 28, 2021.

Currently, the country has 17 Olympic qualifiers, but two more are expected to be added in the next few days, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) revealed.

The two additional qualifiers are expected through the universality rule.

Swimming is allotted two slots through this system. Four Filipino swimmers are hoping to make it to the Olympics, but only two will make it through the universality rule of FINA or the International Swimming Federation.

FINA, the world governing body for swimming, is yet to announce the official list of swimmers who qualified for the Tokyo Games.

The Filipino hopefuls are Luke Gebbie, Remedy Rule, James Deiparine, and Jasmine Alkhaldi.

Meanwhile, the Philippine delegation is locked and loaded for the month-long games in Tokyo Olympics.

“In three weeks, the urn in Tokyo will be burning and Team Philippines—from the athletes and coaches down to the secretariat is ready for action,” Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said on Thursday.

Chef de Mission Mariano Araneta will lead the first batch of officials who will be flying to Tokyo via Narita Airport on July 15 and will head directly to Conrad Hotel, Team Philippines’ official home during the meet which is hosted by Tokyo for the second time.

Joining Araneta are team doctor Randy Molo, POC general manager, and Secondary Olympic Attache Dinah Remolacio, Covid-19 Liaison Officer (CLO) chief Atty. Billy Sumagui, Games Management Officer and Secondary CLO Martin Gregorio and Protocol Officer and Secondary Activity Monitoring Officer Jarryd Bello.

“The POC and the Philippine Sports Commission [PSC] secured the Conrad Hotel just in time and we’re glad that has been accomplished,” Tolentino said. “In terms of administrative and secretariat matters, we’re all settled.”

The PSC transferred on Thursday P11 million for the accommodation expense of Team Philippines from the total P48 million allocated for this. The entire PSC budget for the Olympic campaign is pegged at P200 million.

The athletes will also arrive in Tokyo in batches depending on their competition schedule.

The Tokyo Olympics-bound Filipinos are golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Juvic Pagunsan, pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, rower Cris Nievarez, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, skateboarder Margielyn Didal, shooter Jayson Valdez, sprinter Kristina Knott, judoka Kiyomi Watanabe, weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Elreen Ando and boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam.   /rcg

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