NOT forgetting our Paralympians, the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) has given the six Filipinos competing in the multi-sport event added incentives.
Besides the financial reward from the Philippine government, medalists from the upcoming Paralympic Games will also receive a hefty sum as the gold medalist will receive an additional P5-million for the gold medalist while the silver and bronze winners will bank P2.5-million and P1-million, respectively from the Foundation.
“Since 2011, the MVP Sports Foundation has supported the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled, headed by our good friend Mike Barredo,” said MVPSF and PLDT/Smart President Alfredo S. Panlilio.
“We know the plight of our differently-abled athletes and we hope that just like our Olympians, our Paralympians can nab the country’s first-ever gold in Tokyo.”
Team Philippines will send six para-athletes to the event that will take place from August 24 to September 5 in Tokyo.
Wheelchair athlete Jerrold Mangliwan; para discus thrower Jeanette Aceveda; powerlifter Achelle Guion; swimmers Ernie Gawilan and Gary Bejino; and jin Allain Ganapin are looking to end the country’s gold drought in the tournament.
Since the Philippines joined the Paralympics in 1988, the country has only nabbed two medals in the quadrennial meet, a bronze in 2000 by powerlifter Adeline Dumapong and another bronze by paddler Josephine Medina in 2016.
This time around, the MVP SF believes that a gold medal is possible.
“All of our six para-athletes have been training hard for the past five years to get their Olympic moment. We in the MVPSF believe that this will be our year to finally get that elusive gold,” said MVPSF trustee Victorico “Ricky” P. Vargas.
“We wish all our athletes godspeed and we call on every Filipino to support them just like how they are supporting our other Olympians in Tokyo.”