The Philippine Sports Commission and the Wushu Federation of the Philippines have assured its full assistance to the family of late wushu junior pool athlete Rastafari Daraliay, who died after a freak accident at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex Wushu dormitory last Saturday.
In a press conference, WFP Secretary General Julian Camacho said "the WFP is shocked and saddened with the sudden death of one of our wushu family… Rastafari was a part of our national training pool with his sister."
Meanwhile, PSC Chairman William Ramirez assured the family of the agency’s full support and a proper investigation on the matter.
“With this unfortunate accident, it becomes a compelling position for the PSC to really fast-track the rehabilitation of our sports facilities and bring more security personnel and attendants on our dormitories,” added Ramirez.
The 11-year old Daraliay has stayed on and off in the RMSC wushu dorm for the past three years as requested by his parents Vincent and Hazel Daraliay.
On Saturday, September 29, at around 3 a.m., Rastafari fell off the top bunk of a double decker bed of Wushu room #8. He reportedly went back to sleep after telling his teammates he was okay, but never woke up.
Rastafari’s remains lie in state at the Sanctuario de San Vicente, Tandang Sora, Quezon City before his cremation on Thursday, October 4.
He was a product of the PSC Batang Pinoy program and a bemedalled junior Taolu artist.
This story originally appeared on the ABS-CBN Sports website.