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ANYARE? Why it took 97 years for Philippines to clinch Olympic gold

The Tokyo Games proved that the Filipino athlete is world-class, but why did it take so long for us to get here?.....»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2021

4 female weightlifters may become Diaz& rsquo;s successors

After delivering the Philippines’ first gold medal in the Olympic Games courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz, the Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas said on Tuesday that four young female lifters are being groomed to follow in her footsteps in the succeeding Olympiads, starting in Paris three years from now......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Diaz remembers journey, hopes to inspire fellow Filipinos

The Philippines’ first gold medal and Olympic record were the product of all the hard work Hidilyn Diaz and ‘Team HD’ put together that past two years before the Tokyo Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2021

PH Assured of 3 More Olympic Medals as Paalam, Peticio, Marcial Dominate

UPDATE 1 (1:26 p.m. Philippine Time): Nesthy Peticio settles for the silver medal after losing the gold medal bout to hometown bet Sena Irie. After Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines’ first gold medal in the Olympics in 97-years of competing, the country has another milestone achieved as Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Peticio, and Eumir Marcial are […].....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2021

EDITORIAL - Golden moment

After a drought of 97 years, the Philippines has finally bagged the elusive gold medal in the Olympic Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

Swan song

The joke Monday night was that two records were broken: one by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who finally gave the Philippines its first ever Olympic gold medal in 97 years, and the other by President Duterte, for the longest State of the Nation Address ever, at a grueling two hours and 46 minutes......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 28th, 2021

The dream comes true

The long wait has finally ended. It took the Philippines nearly a century 97 years to be exact before claiming an Olympic gold medal and when Hidilyn Diaz broke through in women’s 55 kilogram weightlifting in Tokyo last Monday, the entire Filipino nation was euphoric......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 27th, 2021

Tokyo best shot for Philippines to clinch Olympic gold, says Obiena

Obiena himself is one of the potential athletes to end the medal drought, or at least bring home some hardware — especially considering his recent performances in meets in Europe as the Games approach......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2021

Gymnastics goal: Win Philippines 1st Olympic gold

The development of its grassroots programs and winning the country's first gold medal in the Olympics will be among the priorities of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines in the next four years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 30th, 2020

IOC keeps a close eye on latest POC development

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) expects the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) to abide by its constitution and push through with its elections before the end of the year. IOC representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski said in her appearance in Tuesday’s online version of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum that POC will hold its elections this year even if the 2020 Tokyo Olympics was delayed to July next year due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. “That’s in our by-laws. In other countries, it’s only stated that they will have elections on the Olympic year so naturally that’s 2020. But Olympics was postponed,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski. “But there are countries where the constitution says that whether or not the Olympics pushes through or not there will be elections and we are one of those countries. That is specified. Of course, the IOC expects that we adhere to our own constitution,” she added. Cojuangco-Jaworski, the 2002 Asian Games gold medalist in equestrian, also shared that the IOC is very much aware of what’s happening within the POC. “We at the IOC are regularly in touch,” said Cojuangg-Jaworski, a newly-elected member of the powerful IOC executive committee. The POC was in the news recently because of a heated debate regarding proposed amendments in its constitution and by-laws. But the move to amend the constitution, particularly those concerning a proposed age limit of 70 years old on those seeking elective positions in the POC, was met by a strong opposition. The other key amendments include disallowing persons to hold the position of president in more than one NSA (national sports association), the withdrawal of recognition on NSAs that are no longer affiliated with their IFs (international federations). After two meetings among members of the executive committee, nothing was finalized, and it’s all back to square one. Cojuangco-Jaworski said the IOC has been pushing for amendments in the constitutions of the different NOC (National Olympic Committee). “There are many developments in the Olympic movement and we want to keep up. The IOC wants the amendments to take effect before the different NOCs hold their elections,” said Cojuangco-Jaworski in the session presented by San Miguel Corp. Go For Gold, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart, with Upstream Medias as official webcast partner......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 28th, 2020

ABAP head hopes pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics to push through

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) is keeping its fingers crossed that the Tokyo Olympics will push through in July next year. “I’m just hoping that the Olympics will push through because this is our best chance,” ABAP president Ricky Vargas told Tuesday’s online version of the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum. Vargas was reacting to wire reports saying that over half of Tokyo residents that took part in a recent survey are not comfortable with the staging of the Olympics in 2021. They either backed a “further delay or an outright cancellation” of the Tokyo Olympics. The Philippines has qualified two boxers in Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno to the Tokyo Games, and had hoped for a few more to make the grade, including Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Rogen Ladon, and Ian Clark Bautista. “When I look at our boxers, we were ready (for Tokyo 2020),” said Vargas, who was joined by ABAP secretary-general Ed Picson in the forum and presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold PH, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and powered by Smart. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, everything came to a halt, including the rest of the qualifying tournaments. “We lost steam,” said Vargas. Picson said the Filipino boxers remain steadfast in their training even if there’s no definite schedule on hand. He said training is done mostly with the coaches’ online supervision. “But it’s not the same. Training online is not the same. We need to be able to go back to the gym and spar and box. Not only here but overseas as well,” said Vargas. “Given the situation, that is the next best thing,” Picson added. Vargas said it’s difficult to pin their hopes on a vaccine for things to be even close to what they used to be. “Mahirap hintayin ‘yung vaccine. They may have the vaccine but normally it takes years before we’d like to risk ourselves in getting the vaccine,” he added.   “It’s very sad if the Olympics will not push through at least next year. Or we wait for the next Olympics (in Paris in 2024),” Vargas said. “It’s a very tough decision. The IOC (International Olympic Committee), I’ve been reading, is having a very difficult time because of all the investment put in by the Japanese government,” he added. The ABAP chief had high hopes that the country could win the elusive gold in the Tokyo Olympics – through boxing. But the pandemic, somehow, had turned things around......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2020

Thanksgiving mass for PH& rsquo;s Olympic achievement

The Philippines’ Olympic success surges on as gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz leads the three other medalists in Tokyo for a Thanksgiving Mass on Wednesday at the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Tagaytay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 18th, 2021

Take a bow, PH Olympians

Take a bow, 2020 Olympians! All 16 of you. You deserve the country’s accolade and thanks for bringing honor to our benighted land. In the midst of the pandemic and the high profile infighting within the Philippine Olympic Committee in the middle of our preparations, you managed to bring honor to our people hauling one gold (our first ever after 97 years of participation), two silvers (also a first) and one bronze, for a grand total of four much deserved medals. This is equal to our output in the 1928 Olympics but decidedly brighter with the gold and two silvers. In 1928, we got one silver and three bronzes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2021

Onyok Velasco believes Philippines can claim boxing gold in next Olympics

Falling short of the gold himself in Atlanta 25 years ago, Velasco is taking the multi-medal haul in Tokyo as a sign of good things to come, and that the gold for Filipino boxers will come sooner rather than later......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Team PH: Tokyo Olympics by the numbers

4 -- It’s mission accomplished for Team Philippines at the Tokyo Olympic 2020+1, churning out its best performance ever with a gold, courtesy of Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifting, two silvers from boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, and a bronze medal by Eumir Marcial, also in boxing.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 9th, 2021

House vows Increased budget for sports

Following the Philippines’ historic medal finish in the Tokyo Olympics with one bronze, two silver and the country’s first gold in 97 years, leaders in Congress gave assurance yesterday that the budget for sports next year will increase substantially......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2021

EDITORIAL - Don’t lose the momentum

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz provided the inspiration and got the momentum going, by bagging the Philippines’ first-ever Olympic gold medal after a 97-year wait, on the fourth day of the Tokyo Games......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 8th, 2021

Paalam hopes to inspire; 3 boxers to get house and lot from POC chief

Carlo Paalam, who fell short of winning the Philippines’ first Olympic boxing gold medal last Saturday, hopes that his struggles and journey for greatness will serve as an inspiration to a younger generation athletes, who are seeking to overcome difficult situations......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 8th, 2021

Mission accomplished: Team Philippines to leave Tokyo with best Olympic bid ever

Team Philippines missed a double gold but is nonetheless breaking camp here soaring high with a great, great breakthrough highlighted by a historic first gold on top of two silvers and one bronze......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

Carlo Paalam gets Olympic boxing silver in PH’s best campaign yet

MANILA, Philippines — Carlo Paalam used to pick up garbage with his father in Cagayan de Oro to make ends meet. A decade later, Paalam, now one of the best flyweight boxers in the world, collected his most prized possession yet: an Olympic silver medal. Paalam came so close to winning the gold but a […] The post Carlo Paalam gets Olympic boxing silver in PH’s best campaign yet appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 7th, 2021

With Marcial’s bronze, Zamboanga City now has 2 treasures in sports

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 5 Aug) – Flooded with congratulatory greetings as the only city in the Philippines to have produced two Olympic Medals in one Olympic Games – a gold from Hidilyn Diaz of Mampang and a bronze from Eumir Felix Marcial of Lunzuran – Zamboanga City remains on high. “[Hidilyn and Eumir] representing our […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 6th, 2021