Five athletes, led by Sydney Olympics medalist Adeline Dumapong-Ancheta, will compete in the Paralympic Games next month.
Dumapong-Ancheta’s bronze medal in powerlifting 16 years ago in Australia was the country’s first and last medal in the tournament.
The Rio Paralympic Games, which will be held from Sept. 7 to 18, is the counterpart of the Olympic Games for athletes with disabilities.
Around 4,350 athletes from more than 160 countries will compete in 23 sports where 528 medals are at stake.
Joining Dumapong-Ancheta in Rio are Josephine Medina (table tennis), Ernie Gawilan (swimming), Jerrold Pete Mangliwan (athletics) and Agustin Kitan (powerlifting).
Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled President Michael Barredo and Secretary General Ral Rosario are joining the delegation along with coaches Louise Mark Eballa (table tennis); Ramon Debuque (powerlifting), Antonio Ong (swimming), Joel Deriada (athletics) and Raul Michael Cembrano (team physician).
Dennis Esta, who will serve as Chef de Mission, thanked the Philippine Sports Commission for the generous support it has given to the delegation.
Barredo wished all the athletes the very best and expressed hopes they will bring home medals and make the country proud.