Jayson Valdez will represent the Philippines in the shooting competition at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, sports officials confirmed Saturday, making Valdez the 12th Filipino to join the national contingent to the Games.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino and Philippine National Shooting Association Secretary-General Irene Garcia said Valdez qualified via the continental quota.
Valdez, 25, will compete in the men’s air rifle 10-meter event.
The International Shooting Sport Federation, the sport's world governing body, emailed Valdez Friday to make his qualification official.
“They asked me if we’re ready, so I replied ‘Yes we’re ready!’ and they gave me the quota,” he said.
Other Filipinos who have earned tickets to Japan include: Kurt Barbosa (taekwondo); Margielyn Didal (skateboarding); Cris Nievarez (rowing); EJ Obiena (pole vault); Carlos Yulo (gymnastics); Erleen Ando and Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting); and Irish Magno, Eumir Marcial, Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio (boxing).
Of Valdez's entry, Tolentino said: “That’s an additional chance for us. Good thing there’s a quota qualifying in shooting, and the better thing, we have a world ranking athlete, also a scholar of the POC.”
Valdez's father, Julius, was a 3-gold medal winner at the 1987 Southeast Asian Games.
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