Jamie Lim draws ‘fighting spirit’ from father Samboy in Olympic quest

Beatrice Go
Jamie Lim draws ‘fighting spirit’ from father Samboy in Olympic quest

Philippines' Jamie Christine Lim wins the gold in the Kumite Individual Women +61 kg.

Jamie Lim continues to draw inspiration from her father and PBA legend Samboy Lim

Karate Olympic hopeful Jamie Lim remains determined to nail a berth to the Tokyo Games because of her father Samboy Lim’s fighting spirit.

According to Lim, the PBA legend continues to be cared for by nurses in a condominium during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Thank God he’s still healthy right now. He’s in a condo with some nurses, so the nurses are there 24/7. And he’s okay, he’s stable,” shared Lim during the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum.

“He’s still bedridden, but he’s been fighting ever since 2014 so we’re thankful that he’s a fighter.”

In November 2014, Samboy “The Skywalker” Lim collapsed in an exhibition game held in ULTRA, Pasig, and was in coma for two months before getting stable enough to go back home to his family.

The Philippine karate star followed her father’s footsteps in making waves in the country’s sports scene as she copped her first Southeast Asian (SEA) games gold medal and even graduated summa cum laude from University of the Philippines in 2019.

Now, Lim has a chance to make the postponed quadrennial meet in the world Olympic qualifiers in Paris, France to be held in June 2021.

“I’m just very focused on what’s to come, so right now [my] biggest focus is the Olympic qualifiers, that’s the biggest competition I’ll be joining,” added Lim.

“I’m going make sure that I’m in the best shape possible at that time, so I won’t use this [pandemic] as an excuse to rest or make it like a timeout. I’m gonna use it to my advantage.” – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.