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GOLDEN MONTH FOR PH WOMEN ATHLETES

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Filipino (PH) women athletes continue to hoist the country’s flag here and abroad as they sweep gold medals in their respective international competitions.

The Philippine government, through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), lauded the national women athletes in karate, weightlifting, and football for making the country proud anew with their golden feats.

“For July, we have a lot of reasons to cheer for. In sports, women are brimming with success and talent for this month, and it is something to celebrate and be proud of,” PSC Officer-in-Charge Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. said.

Karateka Junna Tsukii opened the month’s gold haul with her historic championship win at The World Games in Birmingham, USA.

Filipino-Japanese karateka Junna Tsukii, center, poses with her gold medal she won at the The World Games in Birmingham, USA. Also in photo are Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Inc. President and Team Manager Richard Lim and coach Okay Arpa.

The national sports agency funded P1.3 million financial assistance for Fil-Japanese Tsukii’s airfare, accommodation, PCR test, US Visa fee, and allowances for training, transportation, and competition, including those of her foreign coach Okay Arpa and Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Inc. President and Team Manager Richard Lim.

Tsukii will receive a P1 million cash incentive under RA 10699.

PH Women weightlifter

PH Women weightlifter Rose Jean Ramos of Barangay Mampang of Zamboanga City swept four golds, one silver, and one bronze in the women’s 45kg category of the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 16-year-old ace ruled the youth with 70kg in snatch and 83 kg in clean and jerk for a total lift of 153kg. She also clinched one gold, one silver, and one bronze in the junior competition.

Filipino weightlifter Rose Jean Ramos of Barangay Mampang of Zamboanga City, center, receives one of her four gold medals won in the Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championship in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

She defeated Vietnam’s Thi Hoai Nguyen who settled for silver in the snatch (66kgs) and the total (146kgs) after her 80 in the clean and jerk. India’s Dalvi Soumya salvaged a bronze with a total of 145kgs.

Ramos’ triumphs ended her stint in the youth division for 13-17 years old, in which she dominated the world in 2020 in Peru, in 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and in June 2022 in Leon, Mexico.

Her golden feats came a day after teammate Angeline Colonia swept two golds and one silver en route to smashing the world and   Asian youth records in the snatch of the women’s youth 40kg class. The latter lifted 62kgs in the snatch, and 72kgs in clean and jerk for a total lift of 134kg. Prince Keil delos Santos added 2 bronzes in the men’s 49kg category.

The three weightlifting medalists are part of the 17-man Philippine Weightlifting team composed of 13 athletes and four coaches in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from July 15 to 25. The team received P 5.5 million financial support from the PSC for airfare, accommodation, entry and visa fees, and travel insurance. The national sports agency also funded the national team’s local training and preparation for the event at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex from July 10 to 12, 2022.

The Philippine national women’s football team

The Philippine national women’s football team, meanwhile, made a historic romp at the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championship 2022, dethroning four-time champion Thailand in the finals, 3-0. It was the first crown of the Philippines since 2004.  This win is another page in the history of Philippine football which was held at the 88-year-old Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. The PSC provided venues and technical working staff to oversee the operations of the Games. “Such honors inspire us even more to support the aspirations of our Filipino athletes, especially the young ones. We are grateful for all their sacrifices and love for the country,” Iroy added.

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