EJ Obiena

EJ Obiena pushes back season debut, withdraws from Germany tilt

Delfin Dioquino
EJ Obiena pushes back season debut, withdraws from Germany tilt

SIT OUT. EJ Obiena will not see action in the Init Indoor Meeting in Germany as scheduled.

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'I'll be back. I promise!' says Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena after pulling out of the Init Indoor Meeting in Germany

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino pole vault star EJ Obiena has pushed back his season debut.

Obiena will not see action in the Init Indoor Meeting on January 28 as he pulled out of the Karlsruhe, Germany event.

“I’m sorry, need to move my season opener a few days back,” the Asian record holder replied to a fan query on Instagram. “I’ll be back. I promise!”

Obiena has not competed in months as he got embroiled in a rift with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association, whose president Philip Juico accused him of discrepancies in his liquidation of funds provided by the government.

The world No. 5 then had to get his knee repaired earlier in January, a surgery that kept him out of training for a couple of days.

Obiena, though, will still compete in Germany as he is expected to participate in the ISTAF Indoor in Berlin on February 4.

He was also slated to take part in the Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in Kazakhstan in February, but organizers decided to postpone the meet to 2023 due to the rise of coronavirus cases in the country. – Rappler.com

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.