Pinoy para bets brace for major events

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino para athletes will have a busy year amid the COVID-19 pandemic as they brace for three major events including the Tokyo Paralympics slated Aug. 24 to Sept. 5.

And to get the preparations going, Philippine Paralympic Committee president Mike Barredo has named University of the Philippines’ College of Human Kinetics dean Francis Diaz as chef de mission to Tokyo.

“We are looking forward to a busy calendar for our para athletes. In fact, preparations for major events this year have already started,” said Barredo in a statement yesterday.

Tanker Ernie Gawilan is the first Filipino to make the Paralympic cut, and he’s expected to be followed by others including 2016 Rio Games bronze medalist Josephine Medina.

Diaz got the nod after serving as delegation head of the national team that snared a historic 10-gold haul in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Barredo has also named secretary-general Walter Torres and Judd Anastacio as CDMs for the ASEAN Para Games set Dec. 17-23 in Hanoi, Vietnam and the Asian Youth Para Games scheduled Dec. 1-10 in Bahrain.

Date: February 1, 2021 | By: Joey Villar | Newspaper: Philippine Star | Source: