Filipino para-jin Allain Ganapin nabbed a slot in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic taekwondo event on Tuesday, June 8.
Though Ganapin failed to directly qualify in the Asian Taekwondo Olympic Qualification Tournament in Amman, Jordan, he was given a bi-partite invitation by the World Taekwondo Federation.
The bipartite commission invitations of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are made available in order to complete the overall athlete quotas of the relevant sports.
This will be Ganapin’s maiden appearance in the quadrennial meet.
Last May, Ganapin won bronze in the men’s K44 minus-75 kg class of the Paralympic qualifier, but missed a slot as only the event winner would book a ticket to Tokyo.
Mongolia’s Batbayar Shinebayar defeated Ganapin, 41-10, in the semifinals, denying the Filipino of the berth.
Ganapin joins para swimmer Ernie Gawilan, who emerged as the most bemedalled athlete in the 2018 Asian Para Games with 3 golds and 2 silvers.
Gawilan will be competing in the 2021 World Para Swimming world series in Germany for reclassification, which will solidify his participation in the Tokyo Games. – Rappler.com