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Wesley So helps US win Olympiad gold

In one of the most ironic twists of the recent Chess Olympiad held in Baku, Azerbaijan, a Filipino chess player helped the United States win the gold medal while the Philippine team struggled to 59th place, one of its worst finishes in recent times. Wesley So, who left the country some three years ago after being ignored and practically humiliated by the Philippine Chess Federation and the country’s top sports officials, played a key role in enabling the United States to become team champion after 80 years. So, 23, moved to the United States in the aftermath of a quarrel with sports officials. He applied for American citizenship, and then joined the US chess team, first as a coach, and this year as its Board Three player. He did not disappoint as a …

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Philta eyes 2 players for Tokyo Olympics

Philippine tennis maybe headed for a brighter future after leaders of the sport gathered for a summit last week to lay down a program whose ultimate objective is to have at least two players qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The summit also affirmed the leadership of Randy Villanueva as head of the organization. The summit was attended by leading stakeholders as well as representatives from top sponsors such as Jean Henri Lhuiller of Cebu Lhuillier and Bobby Castro of Palawan Pawnshop which bankroll nearly 80 percent of all tennis activities and competitions in the country. PSC Commissioner Charles Maxey also attended the event, representing the chairman William “Butch” Ramirez. Villanueva is taking over the association after its president, Edwin Olivares, resigned after being elected congressman of Parañaque. Villanueva, Philta executive vice …

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Medal drought ends, but have we improved?

The Philippines ended a 20-year slump in the Olympic Games by winning a silver medal in Rio, but the feat hardly made us a threat against our top Southeast Asian rivals which all came out better in the Olympics medal race. The Philippines ended sixth against nations we measure ourselves against in the Southeast Asian Games. These are Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia. Not included in the comparison are the usual SEA Games winnows Brunei, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Timor-Leste which got zero medals. Thailand leads with six medals (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze), followed by Indonesia (1 gold, 2 silver). Next are Vietnam (1 gold, 1 silver), Singapore (1 gold) and Malaysia (4 silver, 1 bronze). In terms of overall standings in Rio, Thailand was 35th overall, Indonesia 46th, Vietnam …

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Ph’s Rio campaign shows there’s more work ahead

And so the Philippine campaign in the Rio Olympics has come to a close. The score is one silver medalist and 12 frustrated athletes. Add Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) officials who heaved sighs of relief. They avoided total humiliation, after all. The silver medal won by Hidilyn Diaz in the Rio Olympics is big reason for a national celebration. The charmer from Zamboanga City broke a barrier by becoming the first female to win an Olympic medal for the country in nearly a century. She is to be honored. Hidilyn’s feat and medal, however, should not be seen as a symbol of the success of Philippine sports, but rather a clear sign of how much work still needs to get done. It is the country’s first medal in 20 years and only the 10th …

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Dalupan nurtured legacy as coach of UE Red Warriors

I first met Coach Baby Dalupan in 1965 when, as a liberal arts freshman at the University of the East and a writer for the school paper, I was assigned to interview him. I was a sportswriter then for the Dawn, UE’s official student newspaper, and Baby, who passed away last Wednesday at age 92, was coach of the Red Warriors. The Warriors were then just starting their unbelievable streak of seven straight UAAP titles when I interviewed Baby. For a freshman on his first big assignment, the interview was, of course, daunting. But I distinctly recall that Baby made me feel comfortable and happily answered many inane questions from one nervous campus journalist. Though UE excelled in many athletic disciplines, the campus sporting universe revolved around the Warriors and, not too surprisingly, …

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Singapore gold medalist to receive P35-M bonus

The Philippines is not unique in rewarding cash bonuses to their Olympic heroes. Hidilyn Diaz, for winning the silver medal in women’s weightlifting, has so far received P7.5 million cash from the government and the private sector. Had she won the gold medal, she would have been awarded P10 million and, who knows, probably millions more in cash and kind. In fact, she is also the recipient of a house and lot from a developer for her feat. But nothing beats the cash awarded by Singapore to its first Olympic gold medal winner Joseph Schooling who won the 100m butterfly in the Rio Games. After being hailed a national hero with a parade and given many other perks, Schooling will receive one million Singapore dollars or the equivalent in Philippine pesos to P35.2 million. On the …

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Tabuena breaks par, but it’s too little, too late

Rio De Janeiro – The way Miguel Tabuena played the final round of the Rio Olympics golf tournament Sunday should perhaps been how he should have played the first three rounds. With nothing to lose, his medal hopes gone as early as the second round, Tabuena attacked the pins like a man possessed and the tactic produced his first under par round of tournament, a one under 70. But, as they say, it was too little, too late for the game but overmatched Filipino golfer who landed 53rd place among 60 participants and 23 strokes behind gold medal winner Justine Rose of Great Britain who survived a thrilling showdown with British Open champion Henrik Stenson to win by two strokes. Tabuena collected a four-round total of 291 on rounds of 73-75-73-70, which beat …

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Thailand, Indonesia win 6 medals in weightlifting

Weightlifting has not only been good to the Philippines in the Rio Olympics through the silver medal finish of Hidilyn Diaz, but more so for two other fellow Southeast Asian countries whose early medals have also come from the same sport. Thailand, for instance, has four medals – two golds, one silver and one bronze – and all of them have come from weightlifting. And if this is not a surprise, then take a look at Indonesia whose two medals in Rio also came from weightlifting. There must be something about weightlifting that has made it a well of medals for these three countries. But unlike the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia are likely to harvest more medals in the coming days as many of their athletes are still in contention with more than a …

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Another rough day for Tabuena at Rio Games

On a day when the top challengers were shooting low scores to take advantage of benign conditions at the Olympic Golf Course, Filipino bet Miguel Tabuena was going the other way and failed again to break par with his two-over-par 73 in the third round of the Rio Games golf tournament. One would guess now that under the circumstances, Tabuena’s target when the tournament ends Sunday is to avoid finishing dead last in the tournament where he is in 56th place among 59 players left in the field. One player withdrew after two rounds and for a while, this thought must have also crossed Tabuena’s mind whose total of 221 eight over par on rounds of 73-75-73 puts him 20 strokes behind a new leader, Justin Rose of Great Britain. Tabuena has been …

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Tabuena out of contention

Miguel Tabuena all but kissed his medals hopes goodbye Friday after shooting a four-over-par 75 that put him near the bottom of the 60-man field at the Rio Olympics. Tabuena blamed a shoulder injury which he said had affected him since Thursday for the bad round which tied him at 54th place after 36 holes at the Olympic Golf Club. But to hear it from the 21-year-old Tabuena, the country’s top golfer, all is not lost although he is 16 strokes behind the leader and 14 behind the bronze contender Henrik Stenson of Sweden who is in third place. And between him and the third placer are 51 other players. “Hopefully I go out with my guns blazing tomorrow,” he said, his confidence unwavering despite the bad score and the ailing shoulder. “That’s the …

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