Targeting Tokyo

[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Margielyn Didal

Beatrice Go

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[PODCAST] Targeting Tokyo: Margielyn Didal
Skateboarding star Margielyn Didal deals with the twists and turns in her road to the Tokyo Olympics amid the pandemic

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The Philippines’ top skateboarder Margielyn Didal faces an uphill climb in her road to the Tokyo Olympics. 

Forced to stay in her hometown in Cebu since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Didal can’t fully train due to lack of skate parks in the country. 

Although the world No. 14 has virtually qualified in the delayed quadrennial meet based on ranking, Didal notes the importance of consistent training to stay in top form.

The Cebuana skateboarder also calls for support for the country’s budding skateboarders by building more skate parks, a move she has been pushing since rising to fame in 2018 when she bagged the Asian Games’ inaugural street skate gold.  (WATCH: Margielyn Didal stands up for PH skate scene)

As she continues to speak out, so does her stellar showing as Didal captured two gold medals in the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. – 

Check out our first episode on Filipino-American sprinter Kristina Knott

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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.