MANILA, Philippines—Pole vault star EJ Obiena is main the 981-strong Philippine delegation within the thirty first Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Aside from defending his title, Obiena has been given the respect to carry the nation’s flag when the Philippines marches within the parade of countries throughout the opening ceremony Thursday evening.
The opening ceremony tipped off at 9 pm native time at My Dinh National Stadium. A complete of 31 Filipino athletes and officers took the stadium throughout the Parade of Nations.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), in a tweet, posted a photograph of the world quantity 5 pole vaulter with the Philippine flag.
Team Philippines is right here! 🇵🇭
Flag bearer Ernest John Obiena (Pole Vault) lead the Philippine contingent within the parade of countries of #SEAGames31.
— Philippine Sports Commission (@psc_gov) May 12, 2022
Among the 900-plus people, 641 are athletes set to compete throughout 38 sports activities on this yr’s pandemic-delayed Games, which was initially scheduled to happen from November 21 to December 2.
On Wednesday, Vietnam held a flag-raising ceremony My Dinh National Sports Complex in Hanoi the place over 8,000 delegates participated.
The Philippines is the defending general champion of the Games after successful 149 gold medals in 2019 because the host.
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