The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chose women’s boxing featherweight silver medalist Nesthy Petecio as the flag bearer for the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony on Sunday, August 8.
POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino made the decision as Petecio became the country’s first female medalist in Olympic boxing.
Petecio, along with fellow Philippine boxers Irish Magno, Carlo Paalam, and Eumir Marcial, will march for the country that cemented its best finish ever in the biggest stage in sports with a one gold-two silver-one bronze haul.
Weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz, who already returned to the Philippines, captured the Philippines’ first Olympic gold in the Tokyo Games.
Petecio, the 2019 women’s boxing world champion, stayed behind after winning her silver to cheer Paalam, who also bagged a silver in men’s flyweight, and Marcial, who clinched bronze in men’s middleweight.
The boxing coaches and skateboarding president Carl Sambrano are also joining the closing ceremony set at 7 pm, Philippine time, at the Tokyo National Stadium. – Rappler.com