The Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) announced on Tuesday, August 24th that powerlifter Achelle Guion tested positive for COVID-19 before flying to Tokyo for the World Para Games.

According to a statement from PPC, Guion and her trainer Antonio “Tony” Taguibao appeared with positive results for the virus, but both remain asymptomatic and in good health.

“Jinky is deeply frustrated that she can no longer attend her powerlifting event for her country after so long training,” PPC President Michael Barredo wrote in the statement.

Barredo also said that Guion was also inspired by the country’s first ever Olympic gold medalist, Hidilyn Diaz.

The PPC President will take over the duties of the Chefs de Mission, as Francis Diaz also tested positive for COVID-19.

2016 Rio Paralympian and the flag bearer of the opening ceremony, Jerrold Mangliwan, will miss the presence of his trainer Joel Deriada as he is also the fourth person in the 21-person delegation to be COVID-19 positive.

“Despite this unfortunate development, all of our para-athletes remain in high spirits and are committed to doing their best to bring honor and fame to the country,” added Barredo.

The five Filipino para-athletes who will see action at the four-year get-together are Mangliwan, Ernie Gawilan, Gary Bejino, Jeanette Aceveda, and Allain Ganapin.

The Tokyo Paralympics run from August 24th to 5th September and the opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Philippine time. –

Better known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler covering the Philippine sports administration, national teams, soccer and the UAAP.

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