Olympian Ian Lariba passes away

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 03 2018 12:50 AM | Updated as of Sep 03 2018 03:58 PM

Olympic table tennis player Ian Lariba passed away Sunday night after losing her battle with cancer. She was 23.

Prior to her death, Lariba, who has been battling leukemia since last year, was admitted to St. Luke's Bonifacio Global City after suffering a relapse.

She completed a 5-day chemotherapy protocol and had her brain and spine MRI last August 23. 
 
Lariba, a multi-titled student-athlete at De La Salle University, participated in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

She went undefeated her entire five-year career in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines playing for La Salle.

She was named Most Valuable Player in Seasons 75, 77 and 78 and was feted as UAAP Athlete of the Year in Seasons 77 and 78.

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