Shooter Jayson Valdez qualified as the 12th Filipino for the Summer Games when he cracked his Olympic ticket through the quota system of the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF).
He is in the men’s 10-meter air rifle the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino announced on Saturday, June 19th.
Valdez will be the first Filipino since Paul Brian Rosario to take part in the Olympic shooting.
Rosario saw the action at the London 2012 Olympics as a wildcard entry in the men’s skeet event.
“Last night I received an urgent message from the ISSF in Germany, the mother of all shooting associations,” said Valdez.
“They asked me if we are ready, so I replied, ‘Yes, we are ready!’ and they gave me the quota. “
Valdez will join the pole vaulter Ernest Obiena, the gymnast Carlos Yulo, the boxers Eumir Marcial, Nesthy Petecio, the Irish Magno, Carlo Paalam, the skateboarder Margielyn Didal, the weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Erleen Ando, Taekwondo Jin Kurt Barbosa and rower Cris Nievarez will be at the Olympic Games.
This list will grow to 15 names, as the golfers Yuka Saso, the reigning US Women’s Open – Winner Bianca Pagdanganan and Juvic Pagunsan to be officially announced as Olympic Qualifier on Tuesday June 22nd – Rappler.com
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