Philippine Athletes Striving For Olympic Medal Status

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Tokyo Olympic Medals

This summer, the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) hopes for multiple medals from Filipino athletes at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. 

So far, 13 Philippine athletes have cut and will be participating in the 2021 games, but PSC board member Ramon Fernandez said that at least 19 athletes (6 more) would qualify for the 2021 Olympics.

The PSC oversees PH athletes for national competitions and offers a stipend for national athletes. Fernandez told the media that the 13 athletes that have already qualified would have their pay bumped up from PHP 13,000 to PHP 43,000 to prepare for the summer games.

Current Philippine athletes that have qualified for the Olympic games include Juvic Pagunsan (Golf), EJ Obiena (pole vault), Caloy Yulo (gymnast), Eumir Marcial (boxing), Irish Magno (boxing), Nesthy Petecio (boxing), Carlo Paalam (boxing), Hidilyn Diaz (weight-lifting), Elreen Ando (weight-lifting), Cris Nievarez (row), Kurt Barbosa (jin), Margie Didal (skateboarding), and Jayson Valdez (shooting).

The other six seats are expected to be filled by golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan, and Kayomi Watanabe (Judo), and two university seats from swimming, and one woman track and field via gender equality. 

Yuka Saso

*Yuko Saso (Golf)

Fernandez stated that all qualifiers could earn a medal, but their best chance to land on the podium is Petecio, Yulo, Obiena, Diaz, and Saso. 

Betting on the 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Bettors will likely turn to online sportsbooks that accept Philippine residents to bet on Philippine athletes participating in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Online sportsbooks can legally offer betting lines to Filipino residents as long as the sportsbook is regulated outside of the country. 

Philippine gambling laws limit domestic sportsbooks to competitions based outside of the country, and online wagering is not allowed from Philippine-based sportsbooks. 

In addition to Olympic betting, you will also find international sports competitions such as MLB, NBA, NFL, and other sports located worldwide. Philippine basketball association (PBA) odds are also available during the season. 

If you are new to online sports wagering, our sportsbook reviews will help you navigate the perfect book for you. Our reviews cover banking options, games, live betting, mobile betting, and more. 

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