Obiena claims 10th spot in world rankings for men’s pole vault

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 23, 2019   •   234

Ernest John Obiena

Ernest John Obiena has claimed the 10th spot in the world rankings for men’s pole vault of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in Doha, Qatar.

Obiena moved up from the 15th spot after acquiring a performance score of 1277 in the IAAF rankings.

READ: PH pole vaulter first Filipino to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

He recently won gold medals in the recent Asian Athletics Championships last April and the 2019 Summer Universiade in Italy last July which boosted his current rankings.

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has congratulated Obiena for his achievement.

Obiena is also the first Filipino who qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics Games.—AAC

PSC to provide cash incentives to athletes Yulo, Petecio, Marcial et al

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2019

Eumir Marcial (L), Carlos Yulo (C), and Nesthy Petecio (R)

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will provide cash incentives to Carlos Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, Eumir Marcial, and other Filipino athletes for their achievements.

During a press briefing on Monday (October 14), Chairman William Ramirez said the PSC will provide P1 million cash incentive to Carlos Yulo “for setting a historic mark on gymnastics.”

Nesthy Petecio, will also receive P1 million after clinching gold in the 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Russia on Sunday (October 13).

Meanwhile, Eumir Marcial and Ernest John Obiena will receive P500,000 and P250,00 respectively.

READ: Obiena claims 10th spot in world rankings for men’s pole vault

Ramirez also emphasized the need to support potential athletes in the country.

He said the PSC is willing to provide the assistance needed by Filipino athletes in order to compete in the world stage.

“Ang isang potensyal na atleta, bigyan mo na sila ng suporta—coach, PT [physical therapist], nutritionist. Gastusan mo na (Provide support for potential athletes [by hiring] a coach, PT, nutritionist. Invest money on them),” Ramirez said.

“I think this is the practice of countries na naging successful sa olympiada (that became successful in the Olympics),” he added.—AAC

Kazakhstan’s Olympic medalist skater Denis Ten stabbed to death

admin   •   July 20, 2018


Figure skater Denis Ten (Image grabbed from Reuters video)

Denis Ten, an Olympic bronze medallist figure skater, was stabbed to death on Thursday (July 19) in his native Kazakhstan.

Police in Almaty said Ten, 25, was knifed during a struggle with two men he had caught trying to steal the mirrors on his car. Police have opened a murder investigation.

The International Skating Union (ISU), the sport’s global governing body, said it was “deeply saddened” by the death of Ten who won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Ten finished 11th at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and four years later in Sochi became the first skater from Kazakhstan to win an Olympic medal.

He was then dogged by injury, but competed this year at the Pyeongchang Olympics where he was cheered by local fans because of his Korean roots.

He finished 27th at those Games, after having only been able to train at low intensity in the run-up.

Kazakhstan’s Sports and Culture Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly called Ten’s death an irreplaceable loss for the country. -Reuters

Hopes for talks grow with North Korea’s ceremonial leader to visit South Korea for Olympics

UNTV News   •   February 5, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea (L), attends the 17th Non-Aligned Summit in Porlamar, Venezuela September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Marco Bello/File photo

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s ceremonial leader will make an unprecedented visit to South Korea this week, officials said on Monday, as hopes grow for high-level inter-Korean talks during the Winter Olympics that begin in four days.

North Korea’s official KCNA news agency confirmed on Monday that Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, would attend the Olympics’ opening ceremony on Friday in South Korea’s alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Sunday Kim would lead a 22-strong delegation that was expected to arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day trip.

Kim’s visit comes as Seoul pins its hopes on high-level talks during the Feb. 9-25 Games between not only the two Koreas but also the North and the United States.

The South’s presidential Blue House in Seoul said the visit by Kim, the most senior North Korean official to cross the border into the South since the Korean War ended with a truce in 1953, would create “various opportunities” for high-level talks.

“(Kim’s visit) shows North Korea’s resolve for improved inter-Korean relations and the success of the Olympics, as well as its sincere, earnest attitude,” Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom told a news briefing on Monday.

The Games opening ceremony will also be attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call on Friday that the momentum of improved North-South relations would continue and that Pence’s visit would be an “important prelude for that”, according to the Blue House.

Trump said during a meeting with North Korean defectors on Friday that, despite a “very tricky situation”, North Korea’s participation in the Olympics could result in “something good”.

However, a White House official has said Pence planned to use his attendance to counter what he sees as Pyongyang’s efforts to “hijack” the Olympics with a propaganda campaign.


A North Korean art troupe would also likely travel by ship to perform during the Olympics under an exemption from bilateral sanctions, the South’s Unification Ministry said on Monday.With performances set for later this week, the North proposed on Sunday that the art troupe use a ferry for transportation and lodging, according to the Unification Ministry.

South Korea banned all North Korean ships from entering its ports in May 2010 and cut off most inter-Korean exchanges, including tourism, trade and aid, in response to a torpedo attack by the North on a navy ship that killed 46 sailors.

The Unification Ministry said no final decision had been made but it was in consultation with Washington and others to temporarily lift the ban to facilitate the North’s proposal.

“We’re seeking to apply an exemption for the May (2010) measures to support a successful hosting of the Olympics,” ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a news briefing.

The North used the ship, the Mangyongbong 92, for similar purposes during the 2002 Asian Games in the South Korean port city of Busan. The ship now chiefly operates between North Korea and Russia.

The North had initially asked that the art troupe be allowed to cross the border by foot via Panmunjom, located in the demilitarized zone where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection to the South in November.

The orchestra is scheduled to perform at Gangneung, near Pyeongchang, on Thursday and in the capital, Seoul, on Sunday.


A lawmaker in Seoul said some 36,000 foreigners had been banned from entering South Korea, including people connected with extremist groups such as Islamic State, to ensure security during the Games.

Lawmaker Yi Wan-young told reporters of the ban after being briefed by the nation’s spy agency on Monday. Yi said around 60,000 security personnel would guard Olympics venues.

Kim is North Korea’s nominal head of state, while the reclusive country is ruled by Kim Jong Un, the third-generation hereditary leader.

Kim Yong Nam also attended the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

He is not blacklisted by the United Nations or the United States because he is not involved in the North’s illicit nuclear and missile programs or associated with related research institutes.

In 2014, Pyongyang sent Choe Ryong Hae, a close aide to Kim Jong Un, as part of a high-level delegation to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

Choe is subject to unilateral sanctions imposed by South Korea in 2016.

“Kim Yong Nam has little influence in North Korean internal politics, inter-Korean affairs or the nuclear issues, but has mainly been taking charge of summit diplomacy,” said Cheong Seong-chang, a senior fellow at South Korea’s Sejong Institute think tank.

“This time, if he gets to meet Moon, he could convey Kim Jong Un’s message or invitation to Pyongyang,” Cheong said.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Additional reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Adrian Croft and Paul Tait


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