Margielyn Didal, the Philippines' leading bet for the skateboarding event to debut at the Tokyo Olympics next year, said she is on the right track to qualify for the games.
"We are in a good [position] for the Olympic Games," Diaz replied to the investigator during the Philippine Olympic Committee's webinar on nutrition on Saturday evening. Cebu is currently 14th in the official World Skate ranking for the Olympic Games street event for women.
"Twenty athletes can qualify for the games," she said in Filipino. "[And] each country can only participate in three."
“We know that Japan and Brazil are the most competitive. And the USA, [too] because skating is a tradition there – there are skate parks everywhere, ”she added.
But Didal believes that this rule could serve her well.
"There are five Brazilians and [a handful of] Japanese in [current Top 20]," she said, because current Olympic rules would prevent everyone from qualifying and leaving places open to other countries.
According to World Skate, the three best performers in the World Cup will be given a direct entry into the Olympic Games. Sixteen more could now secure their berths via the world rankings. Japan, on the other hand, has long secured a berth as a host.
Despite the seemingly favorable opportunities, Didal, a gold medalist from the Asiad and the Southeast Asian Games, leaves nothing to chance.
She said she was still trying to go out and ice skate at least five times a week while associating it with "stretching and training to maintain [fitness]". INQ
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