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Former PH track standout Rafael Batac dies at 61

Jul 09, 2020 - 2:08 PM

Lanao del Norte native Rafael Batac held the Philippine junior records in 3 steeplechase events in the 1980s

HARD WORKER. Fellow athletes say Rafael Batac soldiered on amid the tough competition in the national pool. Contributed photo from Tony Benson

PATAFA finds ways to help athletes after allowance cut

Jun 28, 2020 - 3:26 PM

Although Philippine athletics tries to find solutions, it stumbles into more problems that need to be solved

FINDING WAYS. PATAFA continues its search for a solution for its athletes to continue training after a golden 2019 Southeast Asian Games performance. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'More harm than good': NCAA foreigner ban stays for Season 96

Jun 23, 2020 - 4:18 PM

The ruling is subject to change any time as long as the majority of the 10 member schools vote against it

WHAT HARM? The NCAA management committee wishes to ban foreign student athletes like San Beda's Donald Tankoua. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH muay grooms 'athlete-preneurs' in sports hiatus

Jun 04, 2020 - 2:37 PM

The Muaythai Association of the Philippines launches a livelihood program to help its athletes cope with PSC allowance cuts

PH athletics national open to serve as Olympic qualifier

May 26, 2020 - 11:32 AM

The country's top track and field athletes get a chance to make their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cuts in December 2020

OLYMPIC HOPEFUL. Sprinter Kristina Knott vies for a maiden Olympic berth in the 2020 edition. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

EJ Obiena aims for August athletics restart

May 25, 2020 - 3:08 PM

Filipino pole vaulter EJ Obiena gets a chance to compete in one of sports' first international events amid the pandemic

SETTING THE BAR HIGH. EJ Obiena believes he can vault to a height of 6.0m as he returns to pole vault action. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Philippine Olympic Committee to give athletes free bicycles

May 20, 2020 - 3:30 PM

POC president Bambol Tolentino promotes cycling as a mode of transportation for national athletes

Big leap: Khay Santos eyes national athletics team return

May 01, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Back from a hiatus, former SEA Games long jump medalist Khay Santos hopes to crack the Philippine team again

LOCKDOWN TRAINING. Forced to train at home, Khay Santos finds ways to stay fit. Contributed photo

World Athletics suspends Tokyo Olympics qualifying until December

Apr 08, 2020 - 3:11 PM

The athletes' global rankings have been frozen following the suspension of Olympic track and field qualifiers

File photo by Josh Albelda

GDL brothers, PH athletes to lead training videos on Instagram

Apr 04, 2020 - 6:07 PM

Don't miss the chance to catch some of the country's top athletes share sports drills that you can do at home

BASKETBALL SKILLS. Juan Gomez de Liaño will show kids some basketball drills that you can do at home in Instagram Live. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler

'March Madness' talents won't get any extra eligibility

Apr 01, 2020 - 3:29 PM

Already robbed of a chance to play for the NCAA national crown, 'March Madness' players won't get an extra playing year

ATHENS, GA - FEBRUARY 19: Anfernee McLemore #24 of the Auburn Tigers controls the ball around defender Anthony Edwards #5 of the Georgia Bulldogs during the first half at Stegeman Coliseum on February 19, 2020 in Athens, Georgia. Carmen Mandato/Getty Images/AFP

World athletics championships moving to 2022

Mar 31, 2020 - 5:15 PM

The world athletics championships accommodates the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

NEW DATES. The world athletics championships is set to make a move to 2022. Photo from shuttershock

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

World Athletics ready to shift 2021 world champs for Olympics

Mar 24, 2020 - 7:19 PM

'We stand ready to work with the IOC and all sport on an alternative date including dates in 2021,' reads the statement

ADJUSTMENTS. World athletics is willing to adjust its schedule to accommodate the possible Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponement. Photo from Shutterstock

Some PH athletes left behind amid PSC lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 - 4:53 PM

A total of 28 national athletes and 6 coaches wind up staying at government sports facilities even after an ordered lockdown

LEFT BEHIND. National athletes from fencing, boxing, athletics and 6 para-sports continue to be billeted in the Philsports Complex. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Baguio cancels Panagbenga, CARAA games amid coronavirus threat

Mar 09, 2020 - 5:53 PM

Mayor Benjamin Magalong also suspends the night market along Harrison Road for 14 days starting Tuesday, March 10

CANCELED. After initially considering just a postponement of the event, Mayor Benjamin Magalong cancels the famous Baguio flower festival on March 9, 2020. File photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: COVID-19 quarantine facility for Filipino repatriates in New Clark City

Feb 25, 2020 - 8:08 PM

The Athletes' Village in Capas, Tarlac once used for the 2019 SEA Games now serves as the national quarantine facility for the novel coronavirus

QUARANTINE CENTER. The Athletes Village at the New Clark City is the national quarantine facility for COVID-19. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Ernie Gawilan first Filipino to qualify for Tokyo Paralympics

Feb 20, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Swimmer Ernie Gawilan will see action in his second straight Paralympics after a record-setting showing in the Asian Para Games in 2019

BACK-TO-BACK. Ernie Gawilan says making the Paralympics again is a big blessing for him. Photo courtesy of Janet Tenorio

National athletes to earn civil service eligibility

Feb 05, 2020 - 5:07 PM

The Philippine Sports Commission and Civil Service Commission plan to issue a special eligibility for national athletes

CIVIL SERVICE. PSC plans to add civil service eligibility to the list of national athletes' benefits. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Top Filipino athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2020

Jan 13, 2020 - 10:05 PM

Carlos Yulo, Nesthy Petecio, and Ernest John Obiena lead the various sports personalities to be honored by the country's sportswriting fraternity

RECOGNIZED. Winners in the Southeast Asian Games will be honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Huelgas, Olympian Lacuna elected to 2nd POC Athletes' Commission

Jan 11, 2020 - 6:30 PM

Philippine national athletes elect a new set of officers for the POC Athletes' Commission that will serve from 2020-2024

NEW BLOOD. (from left to right) Nikko Huelgas, Jessie Lacuna, POC secretary-general Ed Gastanes, Cheska Altomonte and Jake Letts attend the POC Athlete's Commission elections. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Power plays, record romps: Top Filipino athletes of 2019

Dec 30, 2019 - 8:31 PM

Meet the athletes who made 2019 a year to remember for Philippine sports

Make establishments aware of athletes' discount law, says Agatha Wong

Dec 22, 2019 - 4:19 PM

‘Gets quite annoying to keep having to explain to managers that this kind of benefit actually exists You think I'm a liar?’ tweets wushu athlete Agatha Wong

FIGHT FOR HONOR. National wushu star Agatha Wong fights for awareness of the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos smash records at SEA Games 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 3:55 PM

The stellar performance of Filipino athletes leads to multiple shattered records in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Kristina Knott bags the gold for the 200m womens. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Arnis, 3 other sports account for quarter of PH SEA Games gold haul

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:07 PM

Filipino athletes put on a dominant SEA Games show in arnis, dancesport, athletics, and boxing

GOLDEN. Philippine bet Villardo Cunamay (left) captures the gold after overpowering Mengly Yong of Cambodia in the SEA Games arnis men's lightweight finals. Photo by Mark R. Cristino/EPA-EFE

Aries Toledo retains SEA Games decathlon title

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Philippine athletics star Aries Toledo reigns supreme as Southeast Asia's 'strongest man'

STRONGEST MAN. Aries Toledo reigns as Southeast Asis's strongest man in the 2019 SEA Games. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH hurdles king Eric Cray races to 4th straight SEA Games gold

Dec 10, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Putting his early flop behind, Philippine athletics star Eric Cray clocks his season-best time in the SEA Games 400m hurdles

HURDLES KING. Eric Cray cruises to his best performance in two years in front of his countrymen. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Unheralded Bautista, Calano run away with SEA Games athletics golds

Dec 10, 2019 - 12:23 AM

Philippine bets Clinton Kingsley Bautista and Melvin Calano deliver golden surprises on Day 4 of athletics action

AGAINST ODDS. Clinton Kingsley Bautista manages to top the men's 110m hurdles just right after recovering from a knee injury. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Sprinter Kristina Knott smashes SEA Games record twice in one day

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Just hours after resetting the Southeast Asian Games 200m record, Kristina Knott does it again and even picks up a gold for the Philippines this time

DOMINANT. Kristina Knott (center) emerges as the SEA Games’ latest sensation. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

New blood: Kristina Knott shatters PH, SEA Games records

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:54 PM

Kristina Knott breaks the eight-month record of Zion Corrales-Nelson, the Fil-Canadian who was the first to smash Lydia de Vega's 33-year-old mark

SEA GAMES DEBUT. Kristina Knott aims to bring home gold medals in her debut in the Southeast Asian Games. Photo from release

[EDITORIAL] Ano ang gintong aral ng mga gintong medalya?

Dec 02, 2019 - 11:47 AM

Another gold that the SEA Games can bring – the cautionary tale of entrusting our national pride and coffers to power brokers and slick politicians

Send in the athletes

Nov 29, 2019 - 9:43 PM

In the end, it's all about the athletes and allowing them to shine

ATHLETE'S CORNER: Hidilyn Diaz out to snatch first SEA Games gold

Nov 28, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz looks to rule the Southeast Asian Games in front of her countrymen

PUMPED UP. Hidilyn Diaz believes she’s ready to rule the 55kg event. Rappler screenshot

BCDA guarantees better meals for SEA Games 2019 teams in New Clark City

Nov 27, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Chef Bruce Lim, together with Kapampangan chef Sau del Rosario, leads Culinarya Pampanga in handling the nutrition and dietary needs of athletes and officials

Photo courtesy of BCDA Public Affairs

Bloated SEA Games budget and other exposés

Nov 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Who says budget hearings are boring?

PH athletics picks up 3 golds in 2019 SEA Games test event

Oct 28, 2019 - 9:54 AM

The Philippine athletics team shows promise in its buildup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games

SEA GAMES DEBUT. Kristina Knott aims to bring home gold medals in her debut in the Southeast Asian Games. Photo from release

[EDITORIAL] Isang bagsak para sa mga atleta, isang batok sa mga opisyal

Oct 21, 2019 - 12:25 PM

With only 3 golds on the world stage, we can't be proud of our sports programs

PH athletes see silver lining in tough road to glory

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:11 AM

'I think everybody here knows that we lost a lot of times before we actually won,' says Olympic pole vault qualifier EJ Obiena

GOLDEN TRIO. (from left to right) Nesthy Petecio, Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena bring glory to the Philippines on the world stage. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

'I'm not the new Bolt I am me,' says 200m champion Lyles

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:26 AM

'Don't say I'm the new Bolt. I'm me. If you like me, I'll happily entertain you. It's my time,' says US star Noah Lyles

PRODIGY. Noah Lyles of the US wins his first major title in the 200m dash. Photo from Instagram (@nojo18)

Dreadlock-cutting wrestling referee banned

Sep 19, 2019 - 5:37 PM

Referee Alan Maloney gets suspended for two years after ordering a high school wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit the match

VILIFIED. The controversial incident involving wrestling referee Alan Malone has been descrived as 'racist' and 'cruel.' Photo from Twitter (@mikefrankelISNJ)

ATHLETE'S CORNER: Mark Magsayo, Pride of Bohol

Aug 07, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo turns his life around to bring glory back to his hometown in Bohol

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Fastball-throwing baseball fan signs for Oakland A's

Aug 03, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Baseball fan Nathan Patterson gets a chance of lifetime as a pro team signs him up after hurling a blisteringly quick pitch during a spectators’ challenge

LUCKY. Nathan Patterson joins Oakland Athletics just two weeks after his video went viral. Photo from Nathan Patterson’s Twitter account

ATHLETE'S CORNER: New goal in sight for Jarvey Gayoso

Jul 13, 2019 - 5:47 PM

Boasting a string of accolades, the young Philippine football star vies for glory this time in the 2019 SEA Games

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EJ Obiena bags 2019 Universiade pole vault gold, sets new PH record

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:22 AM

The national athletics team standout shatters the Philippine pole vault record yet again

File photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

San Beda clamps down on Arellano to start 4-peat bid

Jul 07, 2019 - 6:52 PM

Kicking off their title defense in style, the Red Lions make sure there are no surprises against the Chiefs

Donald Tankoua. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Marcelino magic dazzles in Lyceum's opening win over Letran

Jul 07, 2019 - 4:44 PM

Lyceum's standout twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino commandeer the Pirates to a thrilling triumph versus the Knights

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Defiant Semenya says no 800m, no worlds

Jul 01, 2019 - 10:52 PM

Caster Semenya has a legal battle with the IAAF over new rules governing testosterone levels in female athletes

SPEED QUEEN. Caster Semenya has not been beaten in the 800m for 4 years now. Photo from Semenya's Twitter account (@caster800m)

ATHLETE'S CORNER: Sisi Rondina pours out love for volleyball

Jun 30, 2019 - 12:17 PM

Spunky as she is talented, Sisi Rondina looks for a winning debut in the 2019 SEA Games beach volleyball tournament

Batangas joins MPBL games in Dubai; Pacquiao attending

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The inaugural MPBL champions join the Davao Occidental Tigers and Imus Bandera in the Dubai showcase this September

ACTION-PACKED. Expect a thrilling duel when a solid Batangas side battles an Imus squad bannered by former Ginebra player Jayjay Helterbrand and celebrity Gerald Anderson. Photo from MPBL

Corrales-Nelson surpasses Lydia de Vega's 200m PH mark

May 25, 2019 - 5:52 PM

Filipino-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson shatters the 33-year-old record of the Philippine athletics legend