Duterte to Filipino Olympic athletes: ‘Give 100%’

Duterte to Filipino Olympic athletes: ‘Give 100%’
President Rodrigo Duterte 'wishes them the best' in everything, Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella says

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged Filipino athletes to give their best in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Philippine Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella said Saturday, August 6. 

In an interview with state-run dzRB, Abella said Duterte “challenges our contingent to give 100%” during the Olympics. 

Duterte also “wishes them the best” in everything, Abella added.

The Rio Olympics officially began on Friday, August 5 (Saturday morning in Manila), during opening ceremonies at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. 

Thirteen athletes make up the Philippine delegation to Rio.

The Philippine delegation joins more than 10,000 other athletes eyeing medals in 28 Olympic sports.

On the eve of the opening ceremony, Filipino chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta said, “The crop of 13 athletes we have, they are well-prepared and there’s nothing more we can ask of these people. They are here because they are the best in the Philippines.”

These are the 13 athletes who represent the Philippines in the Rio Olympics: table tennis player Ian Lariba, boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez, swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna, track and field athletes Eric Cray, Marestella Torres Sunang and Mary Joy Tabal, weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia, plus judoka Kodo Nakano, taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora, and golfer Miguel Tabuena. – Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler.com

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