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
AirAsia Philippines has congratulated Nesthy Petecio for winning the silver medal in the women’s featherweight division of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3).
To honor Petecio for being the first Filipina boxer to win a medal in the Olympics, AirAsia pledged to give her 5-year unlimited flights for free.
“Congratulations Nesthy! You definitely punched your mightiest to win this recognition for the Philippines. Your victory is an inspiration to everyone battling the pandemic to continue and never give up on the fight no matter what,” AirAsia Spokesperson Steve Dailisan said in a statement.
Aside from providing lifetime unlimited flights for Gold Medal winners, AirAsia will also award those who win silver with 5 years of unlimited flights, and 2 years unlimited flights for bronze.
All the 14 Filipino athletes who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will receive free 3 round trip tickets to any AirAsia domestic destinations.
“We hope the free flights would motivate our athletes to always go all the way for the gold and never stop dreaming big. We look forward to flying Nesthy and all our other Olympic athletes as they go home to their respective families in the province after their grueling training,” Dailisan said.
Nesthy Petecio is the first Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal after securing a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (August 3) at the Kokukigan Arena.
Facing her long-time rival, Japan’s Sena Irie denied Petecio of winning the gold via unanimous decision, 5-0. The judges scored 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of Irie. This is the fourth time that the two boxers have pitted against each other in the international stage.
Irie opened the fight with her constant jabs gaining the advantage in the first few rounds. Petecio fights back in the next few rounds, however, it was not enough to regain the advantage from Irie.
Despite settling for silver, Petecio still made history by winning the Philippines’ first boxing medal in 25 years since Onyok Velasco won the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games. AAC
Carlo Paalam advanced to the quarterfinals in Round 16 of the men’s flyweight division at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday (July 31).
Paalam had a tough fight against Algeria’s Mohamed Flissi, who is a three-time Olympian. However, Paalam managed to punch his way through and won via unanimous decision. He is one win away in securing a bronze medal.
In the quarterfinals, Paalam will be pitted against Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan, who previously defeated Daniel David Varela de Pina of Cape Verde.
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