PH swimmer Gawilan qualifies for Tokyo Paralympic Games
Asian Games gold medalist swimmer Ernie Gawilan will compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
28-year-old Gawilan is the first Filipino qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games which will be held from August 25 to September 6.
The International Paralympic Committee has given Gawilan a slot for his qualifying points from the 2018 Asian Para Games and the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships.—AAC
At least 17 injured after knife attack on Tokyo train
A 24-year-old man dressed as the Joker character from the Batman comics attacked passengers on a Tokyo subway on Sunday (October 31), injuring at least 17 passengers and sending people scrambling to escape.
The suspect reportedly stabbed a passenger then attempted to set the train on fire. Some of the passengers climbed through the train’s windows to get away from the attacker. The incident happened in Keio Line train near Kokuryo Station in the city of Tokyo.
Twitter posts showed a video of passengers running through carriages away from the fire. Media reports say the suspects was immediately arrested.
The incident was the the second knife attack on a Tokyo train in three months.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Japan confirmed that no Filipino was injured or affected by the incident. AAC
Team PH to fight for gold at Tokyo 2020 Paralympics starting August 26
Five Paralympians from Team Philippines will fight for gold beginning August 26 at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
On Thursday (August 26), Gary Bejino will compete at the men’s SM6 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
Ernie Gawilan and Jerrold Mangliwan will compete on August 27 for men’s SM7 200-meter individual medley, and men’s 400 meter T52, respectively.
Meanwhile, Jeanette Aceveda will compete at the women’s discus throw F11 on August 31; and on September 3, Allain Ganapin will fight at the qualification stage of the men’s K44-75kg taekwando.
Pinoy athlete for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics tested positive for COVID-19
MANILA, Philippines — Only five out of the six Filipino athletes competing for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics will push through after one athlete tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, the Philippine Paralympic Committee announced that one official and one athlete tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said the said individuals are currently under isolation to contain the virus. No information was given on which Paralympian was tested positive for the virus.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez, during a public briefing on Monday (August 23), assured that all the athletes were vaccinated. He also said that the whole delegation is already in Tokyo to prepare for the Summer Paralympics on Tuesday (August 23).
“You’re not really sure, kung each one of us, whether you are going to the Olympics or not, [if] you are positive. It’s so unfortunate na isa sa mga atleta (that one of our athletes) tested positive,” he said.
Ramirez said the PSC will be extending its support to the said athlete. He also assured that the incident would further motivate the remaining athletes to do their best in bringing home the gold medal. –AAC