Hidilyn Diaz bags 2 bronze medals at 2019 IWF World Championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019   •   911

Hidilyn Diaz bagged 2 bronze medals at the 2019 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand on Friday (September 20).

Diaz competed for the 55kg category. She won her first bronze after lifting 121 kg in clean and jerk discipline. She lifted 93 kg in the snatch category, ranking in eight place and lifting a total of 214 kg.

Diaz said, “It is a privilege given by God to represent my beloved country.”

Meanwhile, Liao Qiuyun of China took home the gold medal with a total of 227kg. She lifted 129 kg and second in snatch with 98kg.—AAC

Thailand’s Pattaya plans to reopen to tourists, no quarantine requirements

Marje Pelayo   •   May 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — One of Thailand’s favorite vacation hotspots is planning to reopen to tourists in the last quarter of the year, without requiring visitors to undergo mandatory quarantine.

In a Facebook post by the National News Bureau of Thailand, Pattaya Mayor Sontaya Kunplome said the decision is part of the “Pattaya, Move on” project

It is also working on having more COVID-19 vaccine doses to vaccinate at least 70% of local residents.

The mayor said foreign tourists who have received two vaccine doses will be allowed to enter Pattaya without the need to quarantine for 14 days.

However, they must stay in Bang Lamung and Sattahip districts for seven days before traveling elsewhere in the province.

He added that only tourists from countries considered low risk of COVID-19 infection declared by the Public Health Ministry will be allowed.

They must receive vaccines and endorsed by their countries by no longer than one year before travel to Pattaya.

The mayor said the project will be implemented under standard operating procedures for international arrivals which include COVID-19 testing and guidelines for sealed routes.

Proposals for the reopening of the province to tourists will be presented to the Public Health Ministry and then endorsed next month to Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration for approval.

Hidilyn Diaz qualifies for Tokyo Olympics at Asian Weightlifting Championships

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 19, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in summer 2021 at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

During her second attempt, Diaz managed to lift 90 kg which was enough for her to secure a spot in the Olympics. She completed the five-tournament stint which is a requirement of the International Weightlifting Federation for an athlete to qualify in the Olympics.

Diaz secured 4th place with a 94kg snatch and a 118kg clean and jerk.

Filipino athletes who will also compete in Tokyo include pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena; boxers Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno; and gymnast Carlos Yulo.

Diaz won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics. She became the first Filipina woman to win an Olympic medal in Rio. AAC

 

More than 3,000 people flee to Thailand after Myanmar’s army air strikes villages

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 29, 2021

More than 3,000 people in Myanmar have crossed to Thailand to take refuge after the Burma Army launched air strikes on Myanmar’s southeastern Karen state.

According to Karen Women’s Organization (KWO), the military launched night-time airstrikes on Day Bu No Village, Lu Thaw Township, Mu Traw District on March 27, killing three civilians and injuring seven others.

The KWO, an indigenous women’s organization, has condemned the said attacks and expressed fear as more attacks will soon be launched on other villages.

“Many villagers are now hiding in terror in the jungle, and more than 3,000 have crossed to Thailand to take refuge,” the KWO said.

The organization also calls for call for a UN Security Council resolution to prevent further mass atrocities.

“Burma’s security forces must be held accountable for their crimes. Diplomats and governments must stop giving legitimacy to this murderous regime. It’s clear the Burma Army leaders are not capable of change nor are they open to any dialogue to stop the violence,” the organization said.

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