Pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe will wave the Philippine flag at the small-scale opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
The president of the Philippines Olympic Committee (POC), Representative Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, named Obiena and Watanabe as the country’s flaggers on Thursday, saying availability and competition schedule were top priorities. Considerations for making decisions.
“The schedule of their events was considered. I personally spoke with the coaches and officials of all the athletes that we asked them to be our flag bearers and they told me about the situation, ” Tolentino said during a virtual press conference.
Tolentino had previously told reporters that the selection would be made from those who will be in Tokyo during the opening ceremony with those whose competition times were not too close to the July 23 opening prioritized.
Obiena, who recently rose to No. 6 in the men’s pole vault rankings, will go through the rankings for his event in Tokyo on July 31 and will compete in the final on August 3. Japan-based Watanabe will hit the mat at the Nippon Budokan on July 27.
Yulo declines the honor
Tolentino said the International Olympic Committee has asked the POC to name two flag-bearers, a man and a woman, for the opening ceremony. They will be accompanied by six officials during the parade of countries.
Philippine Team Mission Chef Nonong Araneta, Swimming President Lani Velasco, Judo Chief Dave Carter, POC Treasurer and Head of Gymnastics Cynthia Carrion, Boxing Coach Nolito Velasco and Skate Coach Daniel Bautista will march with Obiena and Watanabe.
Gymnast Carlos Edriel Yulo, whose team declined as the gold medal prospect is scheduled to compete in the men’s artistic gymnastics qualifying and qualifying rounds on July 24, was also considered a flag bearer.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Díaz, in her four consecutive Olympics, will see action in the women’s 55-kilogram category on July 26, the same day that figure skater Margielyn Didal participates in the women’s street event at the Aomi Urban Venue.
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