PH to replace Obiena as flag bearer due to protocol changes


FILE –Filipino Pole Vaulter Ernest John Obiena. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/ INQUIRER

MANILA, Philippines–With the stringent well being protocols and security measures imposed within the Tokyo Olympics, the Philippine Olympic Committee has determined to switch pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena because the nation’s male flag-bearer.

POC president Rep. Abraham “Bambol’’ Tolentino stated Tokyo organizers have required athletes designated to hold their nation’s flag to reach within the Japanese capital 48 hours earlier than the opening ceremony on July 23.

Touring from Formia, Italy, Tolentino stated Obiena would arrive in Tokyo just some hours previous to the parade of nations on the identical day.

“We’ve got been knowledgeable that modifications occur daily, so we have now to regulate with the strict measures,’’ stated Tolentino through the Philippine Sportswriters Affiliation discussion board on Tuesday.

Apart from the 48-hour window enforced by Tokyo organizers, Tolentino defined that Obiena may expertise confusion throughout arrival the place athletes, coaches and officers have been pressured to attend for at the least 5 hours on the airport.

“Even when we ask that EJ be allowed to hold the flag, he may not nonetheless make it because of that bottleneck on the airport,” stated Tolentino through the discussion board sponsored by San Miguel, Pagcor, Go For Gold, PLDT, Milo, Braska and Amelie Lodge.

The opening ceremony is scheduled at 8 p.m., however the designated flag-bearers can be fetched on the Athletes Village two hours earlier than the beginning of the parade.

“I already knowledgeable the monitor and discipline affiliation (Philippine Athletics Monitor and Subject Affiliation) about it. We’ll announce the substitute throughout the subsequent two days. I’ve to speak to the coaches and officers of the athletes first,’’ stated Tolentino.

Judoka Kiyomi Watanabe has been designated as feminine flag-bearer for Crew Philippines. Becoming a member of her through the parade of countries are Philippine chef de mission Nonong Araneta, swimming president Lani Velasco, judo head Dave Carter, gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion, boxing coach Nolito Velasco and skateboarding coach Daniel Bautista.

Accessible as male flag-bearers as a result of proximity of their competitors schedules from the opening rites are boxers Eumir Marcial and Carlo Paalam, golfer Juvic Pagunsan, swimmer Luke Gebbie and air rifle shooter Jayson Valdez.

Tolentino, nevertheless, stated the arrival schedules of those athletes can be the decider since they need to adjust to their respective exercise plans during their keep in Tokyo as accepted by the organizers.

Aside from the 19 athletes, Crew Philippines could have a manpower of 60 to 70 individuals through the Olympics, together with coaches, nutritionists, physiologists, officers and well being protocol personnel.


“Simply imagine in yourselves and we are going to win the gold (medal) as one,’’ Tolentino instructed the athletes throughout Monday’s briefing.

In accordance with Tolentino, swab testing shall be performed every day through the Video games which shall be performed with out native and overseas spectators whereas the athletes and coaches are restricted to journey solely from the Athletes Village to the competitors/coaching venues vice versa.

“Regardless of all of the challenges, our athletes and officers are all ready. It’s now only a matter of execution,’’ stated Tolentino.

Araneta will head the six-man help group set to go away on July 14 for Tokyo to place up the nation’s secretariat on the Conrad Lodge.

The most important bulk of the contingent will arrive in Tokyo on July 18 with 4 athletes—taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, weightlifter Elreen Ando, rower Cris Nievarez and Valdez coming from Manila.

The opposite 15 athletes will depart from their respective coaching camps abroad.


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