Shooter Jayson Valdez secures Tokyo spot via quota system – Manila bulletin
Jayson Valdez has joined the growing list of Filipino qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics after securing a berth in the men’s 10-meter air rifle event through the quota system.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino announced the development on Saturday (June 19), saying his office had received an email from the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) announcing Valdez’s qualification.
“It’s an extra chance for us. Fortunately there is a shooting qualification quota, and better yet, we have a world ranking athlete, also a POC scholar, ”Tolentino said in a statement.
This is the first time a Filipino shooter has made it to the Olympics since Paul Brian Rosario qualified and competed in the men’s skeet as a wildcard at the London 2012 Games.
With the qualification of Valdez, the team of PH for the Olympic Games now has 12 athletes.
He joins pole vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Carlos Yulo, boxers Eumir Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, Irish Magno and Carlo Paalam, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and Elreen Ando, rower Cris Nievarez, taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa and skater Margieyn Didal.
Philippine National Shooting Association (PNSA) general secretary Irene Garcia also confirmed Valdez’s entry.
Valdez said he received an urgent message from the Munich, Germany-based ISSF on Friday evening.
“They asked me if we were ready, so I said ‘Yes, we are ready!’ and they gave me the quota, ”Valdez said.
Garcia said Valdez achieved the minimum qualifying scores or MQS for his participation in the World Cup and Asian qualifying tournaments. She added that the Philippines was the last country to qualify for the event.
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