Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) President Philip Ella Juico said that marathoner Mary Joy Tabal needs to submit a reinstatement letter to PATAFA to formally qualify for the Rio Olympics.
“So then she [Tabal] needs to do it [submitting a reinstatement letter]. She left the national team last year and I’m hoping she will listen to us now,” Juico told The Manila Times in a phone interview on Wednesday. “Joy [Tabal] must comply to all requirements the soonest.”
“At the same time, she needs to follow the process of our association and we will also verify with the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) if the race was an Olympic qualifier. The national team coaching staff and the board of directors will also discuss this,” Juico added.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Cebuana Tabal told The Times in a separate interview that she would comply with all the requirements set by the PATAFA.
“If that’s the only way I can be in Rio, then I will do that but we still have to sort all things out with my coach Philip Dueñas and my sponsors when I return to Cebu this Sunday,” Tabal, a silver medalist in the 28th Southeast Asian Games, said.
“That’s my dream, my biggest dream that I once thought an impossible thing. I just laughed about when some people believed that I can run in the Olympics someday, but I kept on telling them that it’s just too big a dream although I’m hopeful, and yes, I made it.”
“I just have to work hard and put everything to heart and then God gave me the answer.”
Tabal met the Olympic qualifying standard time in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada on Sunday by registering two hours, 43 minutes and 29 seconds. She finished eighth among 1, 455 female runners.
Tabal failed to make the 2:45 mark during the Boston Marathon, also an Olympic qualifying race, in April this year.