Josephine Medina, a 2016 Paralympics table tennis bronze medalist, is getting close to earning a slot in next year’s Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Philippine Paralympic Games chef de mission Francis Diaz said her seat came from an outright “alternate” invitation from the International TableTennis Federation.
The invitation was made possible by ITTF, through a bipartite agreement that was given by all International Federations to member countries.
“We formally confirmed our intention to get that slot for her. This was the context why I posted in my social media account that Josephine Medina is already our 2nd qualifier for the Tokyo Paralympics,” said Diaz.
For Medina to finally get accepted to the Games, the international federation will coordinate with the Tokyo Paralympic Games Accreditation committee to facilitate this process, according to Diaz.
The 50-year-old Medina will be able to avail of an extra seat if a participant begs off or an additional berth is added.
If that happens, Medina will be prioritized for that slot.
So far, Swimmer Ernie Gawilan is the first Filipino to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Gawilan made it due to his stellar performance in the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia.
While in Indonesia, Gawilan won the gold medal in the 400-meter freestyle (S7 class), 100m backstroke (S7 class), and 200m individual medley (SM7 class) in the continental meet to earn him qualification points.
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