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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

Sports bits: PH Para bets get boost, GAB issues licenses to pro 3-point shooters

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:45 PM

Here's some good news from the Philippine Paralympic Committee and other roundup of local sports events

 NEW ALLY. Mighty Sports officials (from left) Gen. Melito Mabilin (ret.), Caesar Angelo Wongchuking, and Dr. John Edwin Sy are shown with PPC executive director Dennis Esta, para athletes Edwin Villanueva, Roland Sabido and RufoTablang during the turnover of cash donation.

Para athletes seek financial support for ASEAN buildup

Jun 10, 2018 - 3:44 PM

The Philippine Paralympic Committee hopes the differently abled athletes set to compete in the 10th ASEAN Para Games will get ample aid

FOR A CAUSE. Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) head Michael Barredo encourages Filipinos to donate to the mobile donation drive “Alay Para Atleta.” PHOTO BY JR Isaga/Rappler

Tokyo works to boost Paralympic profile before 2020 Games

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:51 PM

With the Paralympics looming, Japan is running a raft of new campaigns ranging from television programs to manga comics, aimed at ending public ignorance of disability and celebrating the community's athletic accomplishments

GOALBALL. This picture taken on February 26, 2018 shows blindfolded children playing goalball, a sport for the visually impaired, during a class at a school in suburban Tokyo. Photo by Kazuhiro Nori/AFP

USA win sledge hockey gold as Paralympics set to end

Mar 18, 2018 - 3:11 PM

Team USA tops the medals table, with a total of 36 medals including 13 golds

OLYMPIC GOLD. The US Paralympic hockey team players celebrate their victory over Canada, 2-1. Photo by Joel Marklund/AFP

Slovakia's Henrieta Farkasova wins first gold of Winter Paralympics

Mar 10, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Henrieta Farkasova reigned supreme in the women's vision impaired downhill skiing for her sixth Paralympic gold in the said event

CAN'T BE STOPPED. Henrieta Farkasova skis her way to the gold medal. Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images/AFP

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Jan 17, 2018 - 11:09 PM

North Korea also says it will send a 550-member delegation to the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the South

MARCHING TOGETHER. This handout photo provided by South Korean Unification Ministry on January 17, 2018 shows South Korean chief delegate Chun Hae-Sung (R) shaking hands with North Korean chief delegate Jon Jong-Su (L) after their working-level talks at the South side of the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. Photo by AFP

Kisah tiga penyandang disabilitas yang pernah depresi dan mencoba bunuh diri

Dec 29, 2017 - 11:28 AM

Cerita tiga perempuan inspiratif yang tetap mengejar mimpi di tengah keterbatasan

Laura Aurelia Dinda Sekar Devanti, 18 tahun, atlet renang paralympic nasional. Foto oleh Ari Susanto/Rappler

[Gameplan] Filipino swimmer powers through physical disabilities

Dec 06, 2017 - 2:42 PM

It takes more than just a few strokes to become a great swimmer. Paralympic swimmer Ernie Gawilan shares how he gets through their rigorous trainings despite his disability.

South African court doubles Pistorius sentence to more than 13 years

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Prosecutors convince the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in South Africa earlier this month that Oscar Pistorius failed to show genuine remorse after killing his girlfriend

DOUBLED. This file photo taken on June 15, 2016 shows South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius arriving at the Pretoria High Court for sentencing procedures in his murder trial in Pretoria. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Kehilangan kaki kiri tak membuat atlet balap motor Fadli patah arang

Aug 25, 2017 - 4:38 PM

M Fadli merupakan mantan pembalap motor yang beralih menjadi pembalap sepeda setelah kehilangan kaki kirinya

M. Fadli saat berlatih di Fitness First jelang kompetisi balap sepeda. Foto oleh Dzikra Fanada/Rappler

‘Alay Para Atleta’ launched to support PH para athletes

Jun 10, 2017 - 8:31 PM

The nationwide campaign seeks to involve the public in the Philippine paralympic movement

First PH Paralympics Summit to be held to support para athletes

Jun 03, 2017 - 4:28 PM

Key figures in Philippine sports will be in attendance to discuss the long term para sports movement in the country and to launch the Alay Para Atleta program

PARA SUMMIT. Josephine Medina, who clinched the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, will be in attendance at the Philippines' first Para Summit. File Photo from

FOTO: Presiden Jokowi terima atlet Paralympic di Istana Merdeka

Sep 22, 2016 - 3:41 PM

Presiden Jokowi berharap para atlet paralimpik berupaya yang terbaik di Olimpiade Tokyo tahun 2020

TERIMA ATLET PARALYMPIC. Presiden Joko Widodo berfoto bersama atlet paralympic di teras Istana Merdeka. Indonesia berhasil meraih satu medali perunggu di ajang Olimpiade itu. Foto dari Kemenpora.

Rio Paralympics end with music – and relief

Sep 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

The famous Maracana football stadium was packed with the Paralympians themselves seated across the field as proceedings kicked off with fireworks

Athletes celebrate during the closing ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 18, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba / AFP

Rio Paralympics stages final show in shadow of tragedy

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:08 PM

At the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro s Maracana football stadium Brazilian officials ware officially to hand over to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

LAST DAY. The Rio Paralympics comes to a close. Seen in the photo is Michelle Stilwell of Canada celebrating after winning the 100M T52 wheelchair race. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

Rio Paralympics: 5 highlights to remember

Sep 18, 2016 - 2:27 PM

From victories to controversy here are highlights of the first Games ever held in South America

Marlou Van Rhijn (NED) celebrates victory in the Women's 100m category - T44 - at Engenhao Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 17, 2016. TASSO MARCELO/AFP

Tragedy strikes Paralympics as Iranian cyclist dies during race

Sep 18, 2016 - 7:47 AM

Bahman Golbarnezhad 48 dies following an accident on the penultimate day of the Rio Games

TRAGEDY. The Paralympic cycling competition was marred by tragedy after an Iranian cyclist died following an accident. Photo by Simon Bruty/OIS/AFP

Paralympians, poor Rio kids teach each other about overcoming limits

Sep 17, 2016 - 7:54 PM

Meeting about 30 young judo students in rough edged Rocinha is a distinct reality check for the French

EYE-OPENER. Paralympic French athlete Sandrini Martinet (R) is pictured during a visit by French athletes to the Reaction Institute, created by Brazilian Olympic bronze medalist, judoka Flavio Canto, in 2003 at the Favela da Rocinha shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 16, 2016. The Reaction Institute is a non-governmental organization that promotes human development and social inclusion through sport and education. TASSO MARCELO / AFP

Gameplan: Filipino athletes battle their hearts out at Rio Paralympics

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:51 PM

The Philippine Paralympic team shares what motivates them as they face rigorous training and physical challenges

Paralympian Josephine Medina to get P1M under new law

Sep 14, 2016 - 12:38 PM

This is truly one of the noblest intentions of the law – to include our winning athletes with disabilities in the grant of cash awards from the government says Senator Sonny Angara author of the new athletes incentives law

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from

Paralympics: Reprimand for new protest by Ethiopian runner

Sep 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The International Paralympic Committee sternly rebukes Tamiru Demisse 22 for making a political statement at the Games

PROTEST. Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse (C) reacts after the final of men's 1500 m (T13) of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro on September 11, 2016. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

On horseback, disabled Paralympians find 'freedom'

Sep 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Riders talked about two distinct realities: one is being on the ground trapped in a crippled body The other is being in the saddle gifted with all the strength of a large beautiful animal

FREEDOM. The UK's Anne Dunham gestures to the audience after competing in the dressage team test (grade 1a) during the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Equestrian Centre in Rio de Janeiro on September 12, 2016. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

PH Paralympian bags table tennis bronze, ends 16-year medal drought

Sep 13, 2016 - 2:07 PM

Josephine Medina defeats Germany s Juliane Wolf for the Philippines first Paralympic medal since 2000

PARALYMPIC MEDALIST. Josephine Medina clinches the bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Photo from

Belgian Paralympian considering euthanasia for unbearable pain

Sep 12, 2016 - 1:01 PM

When the moment comes when I have more bad days than good days then I have my euthanasia papers says silver medalist Marieke Vervoort

RISING ABOVE THE PAIN. The 37-year-old has suffered from a degenerative muscle disease that causes constant pain, paralysis in her legs and leaves her barely able to sleep since the age 14. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Kado Hari Olahraga Nasional dari Paralympic Brasil

Sep 10, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Ni Nengah Widiasih meraih medali perunggu di cabang angkat berat kelas 41 kg

Ni Nengah Widiasih meraih perunggu di kelas 41 kg pada kejuaraan Paralympic 2016 di Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Foto dari Twitter/@Kemenpora_RI

Rio opens Paralympic Games for 'superhumans'

Sep 08, 2016 - 1:25 PM

Samba parading wheelchairs and giant balloons highlight the opening ceremony at a sold out Maracana stadium

Russia banned from Rio Paralympics over doping

Aug 07, 2016 - 11:49 PM

The ban of all Russian athletes from the Rio Paralympics is the latest hit to the country over its state run doping program

NO GO. All Russian athletes will now be banned from the Paralympics, a decision in stark contrast with the IOC's refusal to issue a blanket ban. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Rio declares financial 'calamity' ahead of Olympic Games

Jun 18, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Rio de Janeiro state is in financial straits due to the fall in global oil prices while Brazil overall is floundering through a deep recession

OLYMPIC VILLAGE. General view of buildings at the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 15, 2016. Photo by Felipe Dana/EPA

'Blind Messi' sees Paralympic gold for Argentina

Jun 02, 2016 - 12:33 PM

Blind since birth Silvio Velo has led his team to virtually every other conquest and sets his target on Paralympic gold next

BLIND MESSI. Argentina's Silvio Velo (R) hasn't allowed his blindness prevent him from enjoying the Beautiful Game. Photo by Juan Mabromata/AFP

Olympics should move due to Zika concerns, say 150 experts

May 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM

UPDATED Our greater concern is for global health The Brazilian strain of Zika virus harms health in ways that science has not observed before says an open letter signed by experts from over 10 countries including the Philippines

ZIKA CONCERNS. A local worker disinfects the toilets of famous Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, January 26, 2016, ahead of the beginning of Rio's Carnival parades o fight against the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which spreads the Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses. The carnival stadium Sambadrome will host the archery events during the Summer Olympic Games Rio 2016. File photo by Marecelo Sayao/EPA

Tales of inspiration at Asia's largest ever Para Games

Dec 09, 2015 - 7:17 PM

David Beckham was in Singapore to witness the ASEAN Para Games which saw 1 200 from 10 countries put aside their disabilities to show their competitive spirits

OVERCOMING OBSTACLES. Singaporean table tennis para athlete Jason Chee hits a shot against Thailand's Natthawut Thinathet during the men's singles table tennis final at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in Singapore. Chee, 31, provided one of the many tales of inspiration after he overcame a horrific naval accident to win gold in the men's team table tennis. Photo by Stefanus Ian/AFP

Pistorius hopes for parole as panel reviews case

Sep 19, 2015 - 9:29 AM

Prosecutors meanwhile are pursuing a murder conviction and a longer sentence saying Pistorius deliberately killed model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp after an argument

HOPING FOR PAROLE. A file photograph showing South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he makes his way through a mass of media upon leaving court following judgement in his murder trial, Pretoria, South Africa, September 12, 2014. File photo by Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Olympics: Meet Rio 2016's mascots

Nov 25, 2014 - 8:40 AM

It remains only for the public to decide on a name choosing from a range of options after the mascots were officially unveiled on Monday

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games mascots. Photo courtesy Mathilde Molla/Rio 2016

Oscar Pistorius: The 'broke and broken' Olympian

Oct 21, 2014 - 5:06 PM

He s not only broke but he is broken there is nothing left

FALLEN HERO. A file picture dated 19 August 2013 shows South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius as he appears in the Pretoria Magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa. EPA/Stringer

Just keep swimming

Aug 30, 2014 - 8:00 AM

At 5 Sun Hongsheng lost his arms Today he is one of China s prized swimmers and will represent China in the 2016 Paralympic Games

Ukraine Paralympians raise national flag in Sochi amid crisis

Mar 07, 2014 - 9:13 AM

The team however is yet to formally announce whether or not it will be boycotting the Games over Russia s intervention in Ukraine s Crimea

PREPARING FOR THE PARALYMPICS. Athletes in action during an unofficial training session at Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center during the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games, Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, 19 February 2014. Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Ukraine crisis casts shadow on Sochi Paralympics

Mar 06, 2014 - 9:17 PM

The backdrop to this celebration of sport will be very different from the Winter Olympics last month after Putin supported the seizure by pro Moscow armed forces of Ukraine s region of Crimea

WILL IT STILL BE A HAPPY EVENT? In this file photo, fireworks are seen above the Olympic Park during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi, Russia, 23 February 2014. Armando Babani/EPA

Paralyzed swimmer inspires other disabled kids to chase dreams

Feb 04, 2014 - 7:32 PM

Despite being born with Spina bifida nine year old Jilliane Salazar is chasing her dream of being a swimmer And she s winning too

NO FEAR. Nine-year-old Jilliane knows no obstacles to her dreams as she boldly pursues swimming. Photo by Felipe Josiah Ramos

Pistorius won't race in 2013

May 21, 2013 - 8:34 PM

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius won t race this season according to his agent

Pistorius 'too traumatized' to train - family

Apr 05, 2013 - 9:24 AM

Once one of the world s fastest Pistorius now is reportedly too traumatized for full training says his family

Pistorius wants to resume training - manager

Apr 04, 2013 - 11:09 AM

Paralympian sprint star Oscar Pistorius is considering resuming training following the easing of the stringent bail terms imposed on him

Pistorius cleared to travel abroad

Mar 28, 2013 - 11:19 PM

A South African court cleared Oscar Pistorius for international travel easing stringent bail terms set for the Paralympian sprint star after he was charged with murdering his girlfriend

Pistorius 'on verge of suicide' - close friend

Mar 11, 2013 - 12:15 AM

According to a close friend disgraced Paralympic star Oscar Pistorius is a broken man on the verge of suicide

Coldplay, Rihanna, Jay-Z star in Paralympics finale

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:13 AM

Fantastical wheeled vehicles roller skating warriors and bursts of fire brought the London Paralympics to a close in a quirky closing ceremony headlined by Coldplay Rihanna and Jay Z

COLDPLAY LIVE. Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland and Will Champion of British rock band Coldplay perform during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

Lights go out on 'greatest ever' Paralympic Games

Sep 10, 2012 - 10:04 AM

Coldplay Rihanna and Jay Z headlined a three hour festival of song and dance in front of 80 000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium with flame throwers fantastical vehicles roller skating warriors and stunning aerial acrobatics

THANK YOU LONDON. Fireworks light up the sky above the arena during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 9, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

London to bid Paralympic Games farewell

Sep 09, 2012 - 1:02 PM

The Paralympic flame will be extinguished in London on Sunday September 9 Monday September 10 in Manila after the final day of competition at the Games

LAST FEW DAYS. The Paralympic Cauldron as seen at the Olympic Stadium in London, September 8, 2012. Image courtesy of the International Paralympic Committee.

Paralympics: Pistorius shines as Games near end

Sep 09, 2012 - 8:41 AM

Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius on Saturday September 8 ended the last full day of competition of the London Paralympics by storming to victory in his favored event as most of the final golds were decided

South Africa's Oscar Pistorius poses on the podium with his gold medal after winning the men's 400m - T44 final during the athletics competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on September 8, 2012. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON

Paralympics: Shhhh! Blind sports silence London crowds

Sep 06, 2012 - 10:38 AM

Crowds at the London 2012 Paralympics are keeping a lid on their excitement for blind sports that need to be played in silence