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Medina cops table tennis gold in PNPG

World Paralympic Table Tennis Championship-bound Josephine Medina handily ruled the women’s T 7-8 table tennis event in Day 2 of the PSC-Philspada National Paralympic Games at the Marikina Sports Center yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2018

Medina eyes table tennis gold in KL Para Games

KUALA LUMPUR – Paralympics table tennis bronze medal winner Josephine Medina hopes to claim another medal in the ASEAN Para Games which begins tomorrow at th.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Medina gunning for 13th table tennis gold in ASEAN Para Games

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Paralympic table tennis bronze medal winner Josephine Medina is eyeing to continue her golden streak in the ASEAN Para Games as she.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Medina on course for Paralympic gold

MANILA, Philippines - Filipina table tennis ace Josephine Medina stayed in the hunt for a coveted medal in the 2016 Paralympics as she marched into the semif.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — With the Koreas, there's no separating their sports from their politics. The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing. "Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas," said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea's Olympic committee and the country's chef de mission at the Asian Games. "If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top." North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs. There's not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South's control. The more substantial discussions on the North's denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang. Here's a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: ___ BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMS In the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February's Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women's ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2. At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There's pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women's basketball and the men's and women's events in rowing and canoeing. Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench. The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group. South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving. "The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there," Lim said. "We weren't given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere." The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men's four, lightweight men's eight and lightweight women's double sculls in rowing. If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of "Arirang,"used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems. The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely. At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea's Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a "great gesture." ___ THEY DON'T ALWAYS PLAY NICE The Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event. The atmosphere wasn't always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield. North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the '88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987. The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year's Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul's then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams. North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs. North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye. The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park's presidency crashing over a corruption scandal. "The Park Geun-hye group's mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations," the North said in a statement in April last year. ___ WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST? Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year. Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans. Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the "driver's seat" in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border. "Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation," Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul's presidential office hasn't announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes. "Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don't solve fundamental problems," said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. "There's not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it's trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

ASEAN School Games 2018: PH Team Reaps Gold in Athletics, Table Tennis

After hauling five golds in the first three days of the 10th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG), the country’s girls’ athletics team, spearheaded by Eliza Cuyom, copped the girls’ 100-meter hurdles to raise their total gold to six on July 24. The 17-year-old Cuyom turned in a blistering 14.45-second effort to outrun rivals Liza Putri Ramandha […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

ASG 2018: PH team reaps gold in athletics, table tennis

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 -- After hauling five golds in the first three days of the 10th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG), the country's girls' athletics team, spearheaded by Eliza Cuyom, copped the girls' 100-.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

ASG 2018: PH team reaps gold in athletics, table tennis

KUALA LUMPUR, July 27 -- After hauling five golds in the first three days of the 10th ASEAN Schools Games (ASG), the country's girls' athletics team, spearheaded by Eliza Cuyom, copped the girls' 100-.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

PH table tennis star Nayre claims ASEAN School Games gold

MANILA, Philippines – Jann Mari Nayre continues to be in fine form as he clinched the boys singles title in the 10th ASEAN School Games table tennis tournament on Tuesday, July 24.  Nayre defeated Singapore's Josh Chua Shao Han, 3-1, in the finals. The young Filipino table tennis ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 25th, 2018

Maybank feats 16 Rio Paralympian Josephine Medina

By Joann Santiago MANILA, Oct. 4 (PNA)– The Maybank Foundation, through Maybank Philippines, awarded Tuesday PHP200,000 to 2016 Rio Paralympics table tennis bronze medalist Josephine Medina. Medina opened a savings account with Maybank for her reward. "Disability is not a hindrance to achieve a goal. For me, it's a way of achieving success in life," […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

PNP-CSG cops table tennis title

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine National Police (PNP)-Civil Security Group (CSG) captured the JCO Invitational Table Tennis tournament men’s team event.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 4th, 2016

Maybank feats '16 Rio Paralympian Josephine Medina

By Joann Santiago MANILA, Oct. 4 (PNA)&'' The Maybank Foundation, through Maybank Philippines, awarded Tuesday PHP200,000 to 2016 Rio Paralympics table tennis bronze medalist Josephine Medina. Medina opened a savings account with Maybank for her reward. &.....»»

Category: newsSource:  balitaRelated NewsOct 5th, 2016

Maybank fetes ‘16 Rio Paralympian Medina

The Maybank Foundation, through Maybank Philippines, awarded Tuesday P200,000 to 2016 Rio Paralympics table tennis bronze medalist Josephine Medina. Medina opened a savings account with Maybank for her reward. “Disability is not a hindrance to achie.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsOct 4th, 2016

Medina gives Team Philippines joint 76th in Rio Paralympics

MANILA, Philippines - Team Philippines, carried by the exploits of para table tennis ace Josephine Medina, finished tied for 76th in the medal table of the 2.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 19th, 2016

Lifter Dumapong falls short of Rio medal bid

MANILA, Philippines - Veteran powerlifter Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta fell short in her bid to join Filipina table tennis bronze medalist Josephine Medina in th.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2016

Medina to get PHP1-M from Philippine Sports Commission

MANILA –- Table tennis player Josephine Medina will be PHP1 million richer when she comes home after winning the bronze medal at the Rio Paralympics......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 15th, 2016

Robredo, Angara hail Medina for Rio Paralympics bronze

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo  yesterday lauded the feat of  Filipina table tennis player Josephine Medina, who won a bronze medal in the.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2016

Chinese dominate medal count at Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — At the Riocentro Pavilion 2, the only sound in the table tennis arena was a steady tapping as the two competitors in the gold medal match st.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2016

Medina wins bronze in table tennis at Rio Paralympics

MANILA -- The Philippines won its first medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics courtesy of table tennis player Josephine Medina in the women’s singles Class 8 division on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

Josephine Medina bags bronze medal in Paralympic table tennis

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines snared another Olympic medal in the Rio Games, ending the country's 16-year medal drought on Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

Medina to carry Philippine colors in Rio Paralympics

MANILA, Philippines – After Ian Lariba in the 2016 Olympics, another lady table tennis ace, Josephine Medina, will do the honors of carrying the Philippine f.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 30th, 2016