The Philippines team has a clear goal to send more qualifiers than usual to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the first quarter of the year. Over 70 Filipino athletes from various sports searched for sought-after places.
Weightlifters, led by Rio de Janeiro's silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and his compatriot Nestor Colonia, will begin this year's qualifying tournament series with the start of the Rome 2020 World Cup on January 27th and 31st.
The lifters Kristel Macrohon and Elreen Ando join them, who together with Maryflor Diaz, John Ceniza and Jeffrey complete their Olympic qualification for the Asian Weightlifting Championship 2020 in Kazakh Nur-Sultan Garcia.
World champions Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial are the leading participants as the national boxers try their luck at the Olympic qualification tournament between February 3rd and 14th in Wuhan, China. This is followed by the Olympic qualification tournament in Paris on May 13th -24th.
Sprinter Kristina Knott, the gold medalist of the 200m women at the last 30 Southeast Asian Games, can prove herself on the continental stage at the Indoor Athletics Championships in Hangzhou (China) on February 12th and 13th.
In addition to Knott, pole vaulter Natalie Uy and marathon runner Cristine Hallasgo are the main candidates for participation in pole vaulter EJ Obiena as an athletics bet in Tokyo.
Obiena was the first Filipino to make it to the summer games that took place from July 24th to August 24th. 9 before gymnastics Carlos Edriel Yulo joined him after becoming a finalist and winning gymnastics at the World Cup in Germany last October.
Skateboarders Margielyn Didal and Kiko Francisco are striving to improve their placements for a safe Olympic slot in five pro tour events, starting with the World Skate Lima Open from March 16-22 before the WSC World Championship takes place in London on May 19th. 24.
Golfers Yuka Saso, Dottie Ardina and Bianca Pagdanganan also want to book tickets to Tokyo. Karatekas Joane Orbon, Junna Tsukii, Sharif Afif and Jamie Lim; Juduoka Kiyomi Watanabe; BMX cyclist Daniel Caluag and swimmers James Deiparine and Remedy Rule.
Filipino Sports Committee chairman William "Butch" Ramirez announced that President Duterte had the Filipino Amusement and Gaming Corp. had instructed to allocate 100 million pesetas for the training and competition of these athletes in Olympic qualifying tournaments.
The Olympic War Fund of 100 million pesetas will increase the number of possible Philippine qualifiers, which in the past ranged from 13 to 15.
Pauline Lopez and Samuel Morrison from Taekwondo must continue to hinder their respective international meetings in the coming months.
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