World no. 3 pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena vowed to sweat it out to and earn more glory for the country in the world stage.
The 26-year-old Obiena said this after he was formally reinstated to the national athletics team recently.
“This was a long awaited and just decision; and one in the best interests of Philippine sport. It’s also a decision that is congruent with the values and principles of the Olympic Spirit. Now, I look forward as I work tirelessly to bring more glory to our beloved Philippines!” said Obiena in a statement on Instagram.
Obiena’s re-inclusion in the national roster was decided during a meeting of the Philippine Track and Field Association board on Saturday.
The decision was made known to Obiena after he finished fourth in the 12th Gyulai Istvan Memorial Athletics Championships in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.
“I am very thankful to the PATAFA leadership and PSC for reinstating me back to the national team. While I shall properly leave the past in the past; I believe the facts have spoken. The Commission on Audit has spoken. My fellow countrymen have spoken. And my team and I have proven our dedication with our performances on the world stage and a first-ever World Championships medal,” said Obiena.