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Kenyan taekwondo star Faith Ogallo, right, hopes athletes will help promote efforts to combat climate change ©Getty Images

Kenyan taekwondo star Faith Ogallo has called on fellow athletes to promote efforts to combat climate change.

Ogallo told Kenyan newspaper The Star that athletes should learn from the COVID-19 pandemic and could come together to act as champions to raise issues around climate change.

He suggested Kenyan athletes could learn from the approach of competitors from other nations and how they campaign on behalf of the environment.

“COVID is just but one of the issues emerging from climate change and as athletes we need to come together and champion the betterment of our climate,” Ogallo told The Star.

“If we don’t become champions of climate issues, then we will continue to be the most affected by these issues such as the corona pandemic.

“In the developed countries, even when you are jogging, you have to be mindful of how you use the environment including how you dispose of the things you use in training.

“In Kenya, our sportspersons are some of the biggest culprits in poorly disposing plastic bottles that they use to drink water.”

Faith Ogallo, right, is building towards competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
Faith Ogallo, right, is building towards competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ©Getty Images

Ogallo is building towards this year’s re-arranged Olympic Games in Tokyo after securing a berth through the African Taekwondo Olympic Qualification tournament last February.

The 27-year-old also secured an African Games taekwondo silver medal back in 2019.

Ogallo has supported efforts to set up more bubble training camps ahead of Tokyo 2020, with a rise of COVID-19 cases having led to increased Government restrictions in Kenya.

“It is unfortunate but we have to understand that the safety and health of not only athletes but all Kenyans is a top priority,” Ogallo said.

“If an athlete tests positive, they will not be able to compete at any event, including even the Olympics.

“Therefore the measures are necessary.

“A bubble camp affords athletes unhindered access to their coaches and the best training equipment to enable them stay in shape.

“The bubble camp is the safest way to secure sportspersons because they do not mingle with the outside world.”

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Rio veteran Alora banners taekwondo jins in Olympic qualifier – Philstar.com

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Joey Villar (Philstar.com) – May 14, 2021 – 3:40pm

MANILA, Philippines – Rio Olympics veteran Elaine Alora leads a crack, four-member Philippine taekwondo team seeking a berth or two in the Tokyo Games in July as they wage war in the Asian Qualification tournament slated May 21 and 22 in Amman, Jordan.

Alora — who copped a silver medal in this same event the country hosted five years ago to earn a spot to the 2016 Rio Olympics — along with Kurt Barbosa, Arven Alcantara and Pauline Lopez, will leave Friday night along with coaches Carlos Padilla V and Al Christian dela Cruz.

And they are bringing with them the country’s hopes of snaring more slots to the quadrennial event.

Kicking off the Filipinos’ campaign is Alcantara in the men’s -68kgs on Friday while Barbosa (men’s -58kgs), Lopez (women’s -56kgs) and Alora (women’s +73kg) follow suit the next day.

To qualify, they would need to finish in the top two.

If they do, they would join pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, gymnast Caloy Yulo, boxers Eumir Marcial, Irish Magno, Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and 2016 Rio Olympics weightlifting silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and rower Cris Nievarez in Tokyo.

National team coach Dindo Simpao is optimistic they could snatch at least two berths.

“We’re hoping for two slots, if not four,” said Simpao in the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Hour.

It will be the first time the national jins are seeing action in a real competition since raking in eight gold, nine silver and four bronze medals in topping the sport in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Manila.

“Mahirap nung unang mga araw nung pumasok kami sa bubble sa Calamba pero nakayanan naman. Equal footing tingin ko dyan kasi sigurado affected din sila ng pandemic,” said the 31-year-old Alora.

The team will return on May 25, and there is hope they would also bring with them Olympic tickets.

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PH taekwondo jins seek Olympic berths in Jordan

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Four national taekwondo jins left for Amman, Jordan on Thursday, each one determined to book an Olympic berth when they compete in the Asian Qualification Tournament set May 21 to 22.

Elaine Alora, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, aims for a second shot at the Games when she joins Pauline Lopez, Kurt Barbosa and Arven Alcantara.

Alora will compete in the women’s +73kg division, Lopez in women’s -56kgs, and Barbosa and Alcantara in men’s -58kgs and -68kgs.

Accompanied by coaches Caloy Padilla and Dindo Simpao, the team hopes to catch the last bus with less than 10 weeks left before the Olympics scheduled July 23 to Aug. 8.

Only the top 2 athletes in each weight class will earn Olympic berths.

Simpao is confident of the team’s chances.

“We expect to earn a couple of tickets to the Olympics. If not four,” he said.

The athletes are raring to get back in competition after spending the last couple of months in rigorous training in a bubble camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Lopez, who came close to earning an Olympic berth in 2016, said she’s more motivated now than ever.

 “I think I’ve had more experience over the last years and those experiences helped me where I am now,” said Lopez, a two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and 2018 Asian Games bronze winner.

“I’ve experienced Asian qualifying. I almost tasted getting there. I feel like I have nothing to lose and just give my best out there and hope that it will give me a chance to play in the Olympics.”

Alora, who is now competing in a heavier weight class compared to where she competed in the previous Olympics, said she focused on improving her power and speed to prepare for this meet.

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PH taekwondo jins vie for Olympic berths – Manila Bulletin

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Pauline Lopez (MB File Photo)

Four national taekwondo jins leave for Amman, Jordan on Thursday night, May 13, as they seek Tokyo Olympic berths in the Asian Qualification Tournament set May 21 to 22.

Elaine Alora, who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, aims for a second shot at the Games when she joins Pauline Lopez, Kurt Barbosa and Arven Alcantara.

Alora will compete in the women’s +73kg division, Lopez in women’s -56kgs, and Barbosa and Alcantara in men’s -58kgs and -68kgs.

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Accompanied by coaches Caloy Padilla and Al Christian Dela Cruz, the team hopes to catch the last bus with less than 10 weeks left before the Olympics scheduled July 23 to Aug. 8.

The top 2 athletes in each weight class will earn Olympic berths.

Coach Dindo Simpao, who has been with the team during training, is confident of the team’s chances.

“We expect to earn a couple of tickets to the Olympics. If not four,” said Simpao during the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Hour guesting recently.

The athletes are raring to get back in competition after spending the last couple of months in rigorous training in a bubble camp at the Inspire Sports Academy in Calamba, Laguna.

Lopez, who came close to earning an Olympic berth in 2016, said she has grown a lot entering this competition.

“I think I’ve had more experience over the last years and those experiences helped me where I am now,” said Lopez, a two-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and 2018 Asian Games bronze winner.

“I’ve experienced Asian qualifying. I almost tasted getting there. I feel like I have nothing to lose and just give my best out there and hope that it will give me a chance to play in the Olympics.”

Alora, who is now competing in a heavier weight class compared to where she competed in the previous Olympics, said she focused on improving her power and speed to prepare for her rivals.

Though being sidelined for months due to quarantine restrictions, Alora believes other athletes abroad have also experienced similar predicaments brought by the pandemic.

“Marami ding affected na countries kaya feeling ko equal footing lang naman kaming mga magko-compete. Lahat kami dream makapag-compete sa Olympics, lahat kami gutom,” said Alora, who was the country’s flag bearer in the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Games.



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