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Hidilyn Diaz gives embattled EJ Obiena a lift

Joey Villar - Philstar.com
Hidilyn Diaz gives embattled EJ Obiena a lift
Hidilyn Diaz and EJ Obiena

MANILA, Philippines – We have your back.

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz gave this message Monday to fellow Olympian EJ Obiena, who is currently embroiled in a controversy regarding Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association accusation of alleged falsification liquidations concerning Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov.

“Always think that you can win the gold medal in the Olympics and we believe in you,” said Diaz in Filipino during a recent interview with Radyo Katipunan’s Level Up.

“We’re here to support you, you can do it,” she added.

Diaz was the second Olympian to voice out her support to Obiena, with the first being Tokyo Games boxing bronze medalist Eumir Marcial.

The public support by some of his peers may have been emboldening Obiena to continue delaying the mediation process proposed by Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez.

So far, only PATAFA has officially agreed to the mediation with a letter sent to Ramirez last week.

“I haven’t received any feedback yet,” Ramirez told The STAR Monday, or almost two weeks after making the call for the two parties to sit down and resolve the impasse that has tainted Philippine sports, when asked if Obiena has signed up for mediation.

Without Obiena’s nod, the talks will not happen.

And if Obiena will continue to snub calls for peace, the situation will end up from bad to worse.

EJ OBIENA

HIDILYN DIAZ

PATAFA

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