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Budget for PH Olympic hopefuls pending after Tokyo Games delay

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:02 PM

PSC chairman Butch Ramirez says the government sports agency will resume funding when the new Olympics schedule clears up

TEAM SALARIES? PSC, which supports Hidilyn Diaz' Olympics team, is set to discuss if full funding will continue due to the coronavirus situation. Photo from International Weightlifting Federation

PH tracksters pursue Olympic dream despite coronavirus outbreak

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:18 PM

Filipino tracksters, including Tokyo qualifier EJ Obiena, have to tweak their plans following the postponement of several events due to the coronavirus outbreak

GETTING STRONGER. EJ Obiena will compete in the USA and Europe as he prepares for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

PH targets 38 Olympians for Tokyo 2020

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Team Philippines hopes to send a delegation of close to 40 athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as only Carlos Yulo and EJ Obiena have qualified

OLYMPIC RETURN. Hidilyn Diaz is on track to making a return to the quadrennial meet that will be held in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tokyo 2020: 10 sports to watch in PH Olympic drive

Jan 03, 2020 - 3:32 PM

With the Olympics just around the bend, the Philippines turns to 10 sports in its bid for Tokyo 2020 berths

POC appeals for Philippines to host 2019 SEA Games

Aug 02, 2017 - 5:09 PM

The POC penned a letter dated July 27, 2017, appealing for President Duterte to support the hosting of the 30th SEA Games

APPEAL. The Philippine Olympic Committee is appealing to President Duterte to support the Philippines hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. File Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Kirstie Alora's coach confident she can go far in Rio Olympics

Aug 19, 2016 - 11:39 AM

The last Filipino athlete remaining to compete in Rio faces a tough test right away against 2008 gold medalist Maria Espinoza of Mexico

NO EASY TASK. Kirstie Alora has what it takes to win a medal at any stage, says her coach. But nothing will come easy in a tournament like the Olympics. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

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Aug 18, 2016 - 7:42 PM

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The Philippines' last Olympian standing prepares for battle

Aug 18, 2016 - 2:09 PM

Taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora is set to face 2008 gold medalist Maria Espinoza on Saturday

READY FOR ACTION. Kirstie Elaine Alora isn't bothered by the prospect of facing the 2008 gold medalist in her first fight. File photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Hidilyn Diaz visits Senate, gets reward from Pacquiao

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Hidilyn Diaz s victory tour continues with an appearance at the Senate and a visit with Manny Pacquiao

Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz visits the Philippine Senate where she was recognized and honored for bagging the silver medal at this year's Summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Sen. Manny Pacquiao entertains the Olympic silver medalist at his Senate Office where she was given a financial reward (undisclosed amount).

Long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang bows out in Olympic prelims

Aug 17, 2016 - 9:16 AM

For the third straight Olympics Marestella Torres Sunang fails to make it to the finals after registering a longest attempt of 6 22m

SHORT OF THE MARK. Marestella Torres-Sunang equals her longest jump at the 2012 Olympics but bows out in the preliminaries for the third straight time. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

WATCH: PH Olympian Eric Cray speeds to 3rd place finish in hurdles heat

Aug 15, 2016 - 11:42 PM

Eric Cray finishes just 07 over his personal best to advance to the men s 400m hurdles semifinals

GONE WITH THE WIND. Eric Cray finished third in his heat with a time of 49.05. Photo by Olivier Morin/AFP

Ian Lariba learned valuable life lessons in 'priceless' Olympic experience

Aug 15, 2016 - 4:23 PM

Now back in Manila the PH flag bearer prepares to focus on finishing her degree at De La Salle University and contemplates future international competition

OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME. Ian Lariba cherishes the memories of her stint in the Olympics. File photo by Juan Mabromata / AFP

PH marathoner Tabal refused to quit despite Rio heat

Aug 15, 2016 - 12:35 PM

Others were collapsing on the road Sometimes I also wanted to stop already but I forced myself to finish says Olympian Mary Joy Tabal

MARATHON QUEEN. Mary Joy Tabal (R) couldn't pass her best time but made it her mission not to quit. Photo from Tabal's Facebook

PH golfer Tabuena finishes final round under par - but far from medal

Aug 15, 2016 - 1:56 AM

Miguel Tabuena shoots an under par round for the first time in Rio

FLAG AND COUNTRY. Miguel Tabuena represented the Philippines at the return of golf to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Erik S Lesser/EPA

PH marathoner Mary Joy Tabal is racing against herself in Rio

Aug 13, 2016 - 5:04 PM

Mary Joy Tabal is aiming for a two hour 40 minute finish at the Rio Olympics

EYE ON THE PRIZE. Mary Joy Tabal has set a reasonable target for herself ahead of the marathon event. Photo by PJ Estan/Rappler

Woes continue for PH golfer Tabuena after hurting shoulder

Aug 13, 2016 - 2:21 AM

Miguel Tabuena finishes the second round at 4 over 75 after reportedly complaining of shoulder pain

FLAG AND COUNTRY. Miguel Tabuena says he the pain was so intense in his right shoulder that he would've quit - if not for the flag on his chest.. File photo by Erik S Lesser/EPA

PH hurdler Eric Cray not intimidated by Olympic competition

Aug 12, 2016 - 6:00 PM

After acceding to his mother s request to try and change the athletic culture in the Philippines the Filipino American hurdler is in Rio to give it his all

OPENING DAY. Eric Cray has set his goal on making the finals. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee/Action Images via Reuters

PH golfer Tabuena, 10 shots off lead, vows not to give up

Aug 12, 2016 - 2:07 PM

I don’t wear a sponsor’s logo on my shirt I’m wearing the Philippine flag and that means so much more to me says Miguel Tabuena

FLAG AND COUNTRY. Miguel Tabuena represented the Philippines at the return of golf to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Photo by Erik S Lesser/EPA

Pinoy Olympic hopefuls down to 5

Aug 11, 2016 - 12:48 PM

With 10 days remaining the Philippines has 5 remaining athletes in the quest for its best ever finish at the Olympics

ON DECK. Long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang is one of 5 Filipino athletes who have yet to see action in the Rio Olympics. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

THROWBACK: Hidilyn Diaz carries PH flag at 2012 Olympics

Aug 10, 2016 - 7:27 PM

Before Hidilyn Diaz won the Philippines first Olympic medal in 20 years she carried the flag at the 2012 Olympics in London

THROWBACK. Hidilyn Diaz (bottom left) did the honors for the Philippines at the opening ceremony in 2012. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

ABAP to overhaul leadership after boxing letdown at Rio Games

Aug 09, 2016 - 7:00 PM

After the Philippines two boxers lose their fights at the Olympics ABAP president Ricky Vargas calls for new elections

NEXT ERA. Charly Suarez (R) was one of two Filipino boxers to compete at the Rio Olympics. Both Filipinos were eliminated in their opening fights. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Hidilyn Diaz leads rally cry for additional Olympic medals

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:55 PM

The Olympic silver medalist hopes the remaining 7 athletes can secure the Philippines biggest medal haul since 1932

SILVER. Hidilyn Diaz has become the toast of Philippine sports with her silver medal finish. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

PH swimmer Lacuna on his performance and life in Olympic Village

Aug 09, 2016 - 2:21 PM

Jessie Lacuna says he s disappointed in his 46th place finish but won t let it ruin his time in Rio

Jessie Lacuna says he will focus on his studies after his second trip to the Olympics. Photo from Lacuna

PH boxer Rogen Ladon on Olympic loss: 'I was too excited'

Aug 09, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Even in our dreams we didn t think he d lose said coach Nolito Velasco after Ladon s surprise loss to Colombia s Yuberjen Martinez

OVERWHELMED. The Olympic spotlight was too much for Rogen Ladon to handle in his bout against Colombia's Yuberjen Martinez. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

After Rio loss, PH weightlifter Colonia looks ahead to Tokyo 2020

Aug 09, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The first time Olympian is already setting his sights on the next Olympics 4 years from now in Tokyo

Nestor Colonia of the Philippines competes during the men's 56kg category competition of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

WATCH: Hidilyn Diaz eats pizza after winning Olympic silver

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:08 PM

Diaz indulges herself in pizza and adobo after her Olympic success

epa05462707 Hsu Shu-ching (C) of Taiwan poses with her gold medal on the podium after winning the women's 53kg category of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Weightlifting events at the Riocentro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 07 August 2016. Hsu Shu-ching won ahead of second placed Hidilyn Diaz (L) of the Philippines and third placed Yoon Jin-hee (R) of South Korea. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

For PH weightlifting legends, Hidilyn Diaz's silver a proud moment

Aug 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Many of the top Filipino weightlifters from the sport s golden era died in anonymity Hidilyn Diaz s Olympic silver brought tears to the eyes of surviving pioneers

Palace leads praise for Olympic medalist Hidilyn Diaz

Aug 08, 2016 - 10:20 AM

UPDATED [Diaz s] road to Rio is a journey of grit patience and determination which ended a 20 year long medal drought for the Philippines

PHILIPPINES' PRIDE. Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz celebrates during the women's 53kg weightlifting event at the Rio 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Philippines looks to bounce back from sour Olympic start

Aug 07, 2016 - 4:05 PM

The first 3 Filipinos to compete fell short of reaching the next stage leaving 10 athletes in contention

A NEW HOPE. Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz will be among the next batch of Olympians looking to change the country's fortunes in Rio. File Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Ian Lariba falls to Xing Han of Congo in Rio Olympics

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:40 PM

Lariba gets off to a slow start and fails to win a single game in the match against Xing

Table tennis, boxing and swimming kick-off Philippine action at Olympics

Aug 06, 2016 - 5:15 PM

Ian Lariba Charly Suarez and Jessie Lacuna will start the Philippines off at the Rio Games

Charly Suarez (R) is one of 3 Filipinos who see action the day after the opening ceremony. File photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

PH hurdler Eric Cray aims to replicate SEAG success on world stage

Aug 06, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The Fil Am hurdler finds it funny that he traveled 17 hours for a 50 second race

OPENING DAY. Eric Cray has set his goal on making the finals. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Duterte to Filipino Olympic athletes: 'Give 100%'

Aug 06, 2016 - 3:31 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte wishes them the best in everything Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

RIO OLYMPICS. Fireworks go off at the end of the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 5, 2016. Photo by Barbara Walton/EPA

Why Alora took over as PH flag bearer for Lariba during Rio opening

Aug 06, 2016 - 12:03 PM

Table tennis player Ian Lariba receives an assist from her Philippines teammate Kirstie Alora at the Parade of Nations

WATCH: Philippines at the Rio Olympics opening ceremony

Aug 06, 2016 - 8:59 AM

The Philippines is the 75th country to walk at the Rio 2016 Parade of Nations led by flag bearer Ian Lariba

PARADE OF NATIONS. Taekwondo competitor Kirstie Alora carries the flag for the Philippines, taking over for table tennis player Ian Lariba. Photo by Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

QUIZ: Philippines in the Summer Olympics

Aug 05, 2016 - 7:30 PM

How well do you know our country s participation in the Summer Olympic Games?

PH Olympian Ian Lariba not bothered by opponent change

Aug 05, 2016 - 1:27 PM

Lariba and her new opponent Han Xing of Congo had been practicing against each other not realizing they d eventually play against one another

Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rio 2016: Eric Cray

Aug 04, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Eric Cray proved himself the fastest man in Southeast Asia Now he wants to prove himself the fastest in the world

There are high hopes for Filipino-American Eric Cray as he has performed well on the international stage. File photo by Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee/Action Images via Reuters

Fil-Japanese judoka Kodo Nakano becomes surprise 13th Olympian

Aug 04, 2016 - 12:52 PM

Nakano gets the late berth after an Iranian competitor suddenly withdrew

PH boxer Rogen Ladon obsessed with winning Olympic gold

Aug 03, 2016 - 7:00 PM

Claim the gold like it’s already yours says the light flyweight boxer from Negros Occidental

GOLDEN DREAMS. Rogen Ladon, a light flyweight boxer, has one mission in mind: winning the Philippines' first gold medal.

LOOK: Philippine flag flies high at Olympic Village

Aug 03, 2016 - 4:28 PM

The 3 stars and a sun are now waving above Athletes Village as the 2016 Games near

SALUTE. The Philippines drew praise for the formality of its flag raising ceremony, which showed the highest regard for the 3 stars and a sun. Contributed photo

13 Olympians, 13 Filipino superheroes

Aug 03, 2016 - 12:14 PM

UPDATED Every 4 years Filipino athletes dare to dream big even in the direst of circumstances In 2016 there will be 13 of them

INFOGRAPHIC: Meet the Philippines' Olympic medalists

Aug 03, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The Philippines has won 10 medals since joining its first Olympics in 1924 Learn more about the Filipino athletes who have shined on the biggest stage in sports

Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski pays Filipino Olympians a visit

Aug 02, 2016 - 4:40 PM

[If] there’s anybody who really wants it most it’s them the athletes We are just here to support them says the IOC official and 2002 Asian Games gold medalist

GOOD LUCK. Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski wishes Filipino Olympic athletes good luck. Contributed photo

PH taekwondo Olympian Kirstie Alora faces 2008 gold medalist in first round

Aug 02, 2016 - 4:24 PM

The 26 year old Kirstie Alora is hoping to deliver a medal for the Philippines in the women’s 67 kg weight class

NO EASY TASK. Kirstie Alora has what it takes to win a medal at any stage, says her coach. But nothing will come easy in a tournament like the Olympics. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Rio 2016: Marestella Torres-Sunang

Aug 02, 2016 - 3:00 PM

Filipina long jumper Marestella Torres Sunang has overcome injuries and child birth to prove she can still make it to the world stage for her third Olympics

LONGEST JUMP. Marestella Torres-Sunang is now a 3-time Olympian with hopes of finally making her mark on the world stage. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Rio 2016: Miguel Tabuena

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

The 21 year old Filipino golfer grew up idolizing Tiger Woods He ll chase his own greatness on the golf course at the Rio Olympics

Miguel Tabuena missed the cut at the US Open but gained valuable experience. Photo by Bob Guerrero/Rappler

Rio 2016: Jasmine Alkhaldi

Aug 01, 2016 - 10:58 PM

At age 3 a fall into a swimming pool nearly killed her Jasmine Alkhaldi conquered her fears and now looks to conquer the competition at the 2016 Olympics

Jasmine Alkhaldi says she has improved each year since representing the Philippines at the 2012 Olympics. Photo from Alkhaldi's Facebook

Australia coaches agree to help short-handed Pinoy boxers in Rio

Aug 01, 2016 - 11:50 AM

Australia head coach Kevin Smith and assistant Don Abnett will help Nolito Velasco in the corner while Velasco will work as a cutman in their corner

HELP IS HERE. Charly Suarez (L), coach Nolito Velasco (C) and Rogen Ladon (R) will receive help in the corner from Kevin Smith, the British-born Australia head coach who assisted Filipino boxer Mark Anthony Barriga in 2012. Photo from Ladon's Facebook

PH Olympians have already made their country proud - official

Jul 30, 2016 - 4:02 PM

Chef de mission Jose Romasanta calls a one hour meeting with the Philippine delegation to remind everyone to remain cautious and do their best in Rio