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The Philippines’ top karateka suffered an early exit in the Olympic qualifiers but still holds out hope of making it to the Tokyo Games.
Filipino Junna Tsukii bowed out after a loss to Ivet Goranova of Bulgaria, 2-1, in the female -55kg kumite event of the Karate World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Paris on Friday, June 11.
Tsukii, who earned a bye in the first round, had hoped to secure an Olympic berth in the tournament after falling short of qualifying via the Asian rankings.
But it will now be a waiting game for Tsukii as she still hopes to make it to the Olympics via the continental quota. The Filipino world No. 8 can also earn a wild card spot through the Tripartite Commission invitation.
It was a tough start for Filipinos as Jason Macaalay also ended his journey following a loss to Azerbaijan’s Firdovsi Farzaliyev, 1-0, in the male -67kg kumite.
Other Philippine bets set to see action are Jamie Lim, Joane Orbon, Ivan Agustin, Shariff Afif, Alwyn Batican, John Enrico Vasquez, and Sarah Pangilinan. – Rappler.com