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PH Paralympians leave for Tokyo

Team Philippines; Tokyo Paralympics Qualifiers. (Photo / Retrieved from Manila Bulletin)
Team Philippines; Tokyo Paralympics Qualifiers. (Photo / Retrieved from Manila Bulletin)

According to [Manila Bulletin], a small Philippine contingent left for Tokyo, Japan Sunday when they compete in the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Paralympics scheduled to fire off Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

The delegation is composed of six para-athletes hoping to ride on the success of their national team counterparts in the Tokyo Olympics where the country went home with one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

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PH para athletes ready for Tokyo Paralympics. (Photo / Retrieved from Manila Bulletin)

PH para athletes ready for Tokyo Paralympics. (Photo / Retrieved from Manila Bulletin)

Wheelchair racer Jerrold Mangliwan, para swimmer Ernie Gawilan and para powerlifter Achelle Guion, who are in their second Paralympic appearance, banner the PH squad also composed of Gary Bejino (para swimming), Allain Ganapin (para taekwondo) and Jeanette Aceveda (para athletics).

According to [Manila Bulletin], While they admitted that they do not feel the pressure to deliver medals, Gawilan said they are not going to the tournament just to compete.


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“Class A po yung mga atleta na nandoon. Hindi lang siya bato-bato pick na madaling laruin,” said Gawilan, who brought the country’s first gold medal in the Asian Para Games last 2018.

Gawilan, who also speaks for the rest of the team, said they are eyeing to make it to the finals first before setting their goals on bigger things.

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