Despite injured wrist, Chiongbian ready for YOG

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


CEBU’s Youth Olympic Games (YOG) Aspirant Justin Liam Chiongbian is all set to represent the country in the upcoming ITU Asian YOG Qualifier this June in Kazakhstan.

Chiongbian of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo De Cebu, eyes to earn one of the five slots in the Asian YOG for the World YOG in Nanjing, China set this August.

Prior to that, he will be undergoing a 35-day training camp along with two other YOG aspirants Jimuel Patillan and Vicky Deldio ITU Development U23 and Junior Camp in Portugal in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Chiongbian’s YOG dream was in peril when he encountered a bike accident last December that fractured his left wrist. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tony San Juan advised them for a fast recovery was for Chiongbian to undergo surgery.

“That broken wrist didn’t stop him from training day by day because he knew that this reason won’t exempt him. I can say he truly deserves this,” said Millette, the mother of Chiongbian.

Meanwhile, another Cebuana’s dream of competing on a higher level of competition was crushed for being underaged.

There was supposed to be a vacancy in the national team when Magali Echauz dropped from the team due to cardiac issues. She was advised not to compete anymore as the race may be fatal for her heart.

The Triathlon Association of the Philipines (Trap) saw the potential of Cebu’s Shaia Ruth Uy to fill in the vacant slot as one of the country’s best young triathlete.

They however found out that Uy will still be underage at the time of the competition.

“We are looking for a replacement of Echauz who got sick. And we thought of Shaia as a replacement but we found out she is too young,” said Trap president Tom Carassco.

Carassco added that they will no longer fill in the vacated slot and will stick to one female triathlete in the team.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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