PH POWERLIFTER ACHELE GUION WILL MISS TOKYO PARALYMPICS AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR COVID-19
The six Paralympians of the Philippines are now down to five after powerlifter Achele “Jinky” Guion was reportedly testing positive for COVID-19, the Philippine Paralympic Committee said on Tuesday.
Tests were done before the team Philippine left for Tokyo on Sunday and those who tested positive were not permitted to join the trip.
Along with Guion, her coach Antonio Taguibao, chef de mission Francis Diaz, and para-athletics coach Joel Derlada also tested positive.
At first, the names of Philippine delegates and other coaches, staff, and members who tested positive for COVID-19 were not disclosed, but the PPC chose to reveal their identities on the same day of the Paralympics opening in Japan.
Not being able to compete disheartened the powerlifter Guion for she prepared and trained to represent the country.
“Jinky [Guion] is deeply frustrated that she will not be able to compete in her powerlifting event for her country after training for so long, and especially getting much inspiration from Hidilyn Diaz, the first Filipino to win an Olympic gold medal,” Barredo said.
With the unexpected turn of events, Barredo took over Diaz’s responsibilities on planning, logistics, communications and among others to lead and manage the PH Paralympics team.
“Despite this most unfortunate development, all our para-athletes remain in high spirits and committed to give their best possible performances to bring honor and glory for our country,” said Barredo.