Athletes unite for ailing Lariba

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We (athletes) have to unite and pray for Yan’s recovery. I’m hopeful that she could join us in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,’’ said Diaz during the launching of the Hidilyn Diaz Weightlifting Open Championships set July 8-9 at the Meralco Fitness Center in Pasig City.A five-time UAAP women’s singles champion in table tennis, Lariba and Diaz were batchmates in the Philippine team to the Rio De Janeiro Olympics last year when Diaz broke the country’s 20-year medal drought in the quadrennial Summer Games. Philippine Weightlifting Association president Monico Puentevella also forked P20,000 from the association’s pockets to help the 22-year-old Lariba while the Philippine Olympic Committee initially gave P30,000 through the members of its general assembly.The Philippine Sports Commission and De La Salle University, which Lariba gave several honors in the UAAP, have formed a collaboration that could help defray the cost of her medical expenses.Lariba, the first Filipino paddler in the Olympics, was supposed to wear the national colors in the ongoing World Table Tennis Championship in Dusseldorf, Germany but was confined at the St. Lukes Medical Center in Quezon City prior to the event.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP “As an athlete, she (Lariba) has proven her worth and surpassed all challenges. I know that she will overcome this challenge, too,’’ said the Olympic silver medalist in Filipino.Diaz couldn’t contain her grief and hid from the cameras after announcing that the Athletes Commission, which the weightlifting heroine spearheads with triathlete Nikko Huelgas, would start a solicitation drive for Lariba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Ballon d’Or in play as Ronaldo bears down on Messi BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFinancial support and words of encouragement continued to pour on Rio De Janeiro Olympian Ian Lariba with fellow athletes from the Philippine national team going out of their way for her speedy recovery.A teary-eyed Hidilyn Diaz took the lead Thursday on rallying Filipino athletes to help Lariba, who will undergo treatment after being diagnosed with leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more