Ernest John Obiena is not going to solely defend his Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) title, the world’s No. 5 pole vaulter additionally will get to wave the Philippine red-white-and-blue in the course of the fast-approaching opening rites of the Games early subsequent month.
“It’s an honor,’’ stated Obiena, who was not too long ago embroiled in a confrontation together with his mom federation and can once more seize the highlight in the course of the conventional parade of athletes. “I used to be heading residence after coaching right here in Formia [Italy] after I obtained the message.’’
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) named Obiena as Team Philippines’ flag-bearer within the conventional parade of countries of the thirty first version of the Games on May 12 on the MNy Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Obiena was additionally supposed to hold the flag in the course of the opening ceremonies of the Tokyo Olympics final 12 months, however scheduling kinks on his arrival in Japan didn’t make it doable. Instead, middleweight pug Eumir Marcial carried the flag for the Philippines together with judoka Kiyomi Watanabe.
The Asian record-holder is tipped to retain the gold medal he received by a commanding leap of 5.45 meters within the 2019 SEA Games in New Clark City.
Since that feat, the 6-foot-2 Obiena has set the bar increased to a brand new Asian males’s report of 5.93 m final 12 months in Innsbruck, Austria.
“All I can do for now could be to coach more durable and be higher, and smarter. I actually wish to defend my SEA Games title,’’ stated Obiena, who patched issues up with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association in a mediation facilitated by the Philippine Sports Commission.
Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz absolutely supported Obiena’s set up as flag-bearer, saying that her fellow Tokyo Olympian is the “story of each Filipino athlete who fights to deliver residence satisfaction and glory to the nation.’’
“I’m very comfortable to see EJ as our flag-bearer for Team Philippines. I’m comfortable for him and the remainder of the Philippine delegation. I’ll help him,’’ stated Diaz, who was additionally nominated as flag-bearer by the POC. INQ
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