The flame was extinguished and the Olympic Games are postponed to next year. The new coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has ended the biggest sporting event of the year, but Filipino optimism continues to burn as officials and athletes continue to end the country's golden drought at the Summer Games.
Skateboarder Margielyn Didal is getting closer to the completion of an Olympic berth, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will make budget adjustments due to the shift, and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) continues to see the temporary hiring as an opportunity to push for more Qualification and create more gold medal chances.
Meanwhile, pole vaulter EJ Obiena continues to train in Italy, even though other athletes are trying to strengthen their Olympic commandments.
"Margie is good," said Anthony Claravall, vice president of the Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines, the investigator. “We recently returned to Asia from the United States. Margie and trainer Dani (Bautista) are in the middle of their quarantine period. "
After weeks of hedging, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken an unprecedented move to postpone the world's greatest sporting event, a global extravaganza that has been on the calendar for more than a century.
The Tokyo Games, which are planned for 11,000 athletes from more than 200 countries and are expected to cost $ 28 billion, should begin on July 24. They will now be postponed until 2021 on dates to be determined.
They continue to be referred to as the 2020 Olympic Games – a symbolic gesture that the IOC hopes the Games can "serve as beacons of hope," as the news says on Tuesday.
"I don't think anyone was really prepared for this virus," said American sprinter Noah Lyles. Only the First World War and the Second World War forced the cancellation of the Olympic Games. They were scrubbed in 1916, 1940 and 1944.
The Philippine government had allocated 100 million pesetas only for the foreign exposure of national athletes who hope to take action in Tokyo in July. This has to be realigned by the PSC, since the number of qualification events has already been canceled by the COVID -19 pandemic.
"The lost opportunities and the money spent on our Olympic preparations are manageable," said PSC chairman William Ramirez.
"As I mentioned earlier, the safety and health of athletes remains our primary concern," said Ramirez.
The POC also supports the postponement, and President and Cavite Rep. Ambraham "Bambol" Tolentino sees a positive trend in postponing the four-year meeting to next year.
"We will have more chances for gold or even many gold medals because those who have qualified can train more and there is a chance that more will qualify," said Tolentino.
In addition to Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxers Eumir Felix Marcial and Irish Magno also qualify for the Olympic Games. Those who are about to qualify include Didal, Asian weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz and Judo champion of the Southeast Asian Games, Kiyomi Watanabe.
The rescheduling of the Olympic Games gives Didal, a gold medalist from the Asian Games, more time to work on her skills.
Didal is currently number 12 in the world, with the 20 best skaters stamping their tickets to Tokyo at the end of the qualifying tournaments.
"I hope it can get better with an extra year," said Claravall.
A further 62 Filipino athletes from 18 sports want to book berths in Tokyo.
Four-time ice hockey Olympic champion Hayley Wickenheiser, the first IOC member to criticize the body's long-held, buried refusal to change the dates, described the shift as "a message athletes deserve to hear".
“To all athletes: inhale, regroup, take care of yourself and your families. Your time will come, ”she wrote on Twitter.
When will this time be?
Nobody still knows.
But Filipino morality can best be summed up by Obiena, who is hiding in training in a pandemic-stricken Italy.
“If [the Olympics] were to take place this year, I would be [have been] ready for it. If it were done next year, I would be there and [be] ready for it, ”Obiena told the investigator. "Every time [the Olympics pushes through] I would prepare for it."
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