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EJ Obiena to undergo surgery to fix knee issues

Delfin Dioquino

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EJ Obiena to undergo surgery to fix knee issues

CONTROVERSY. EJ Obiena has found himself in hot water in recent weeks after being accused of falsifying liquidation documents regarding the salary of his coach.

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Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena gears up for a string of competitions by having his left knee fixed

MANILA, Philippines – Embattled pole vaulter EJ Obiena is set to go under the knife to fix his knee issues on Tuesday, January 11.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News’ Dyan Castillejo, businessman Jim Lafferty, who mentors Obiena, said the Olympian will have his meniscus cleaned on his left knee.

Lafferty added it is a procedure where Obiena will be conscious so doctors can ask him for permission if other parts of his knee need further operation as the results of the MRI were “unclear.”

The Asian record holder is slated to compete in the Init Indoor Meeting in Karlsruhe, Germany starting on January 28.

Obiena also has the Asian Indoor Athletics Championship, which will run from February 11 to 13 in Kazakhstan, included in his schedule.

He said he has not received funding since August last year and is in danger of getting dropped from the national team by the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association over falsified liquidation documents regarding the salary of his Ukrainian coach, Vitaly Petrov.

The PATAFA initially recommended the immediate expulsion of Obiena on January 4, but the association decided to give him two weeks to clear his name. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.