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Petecio adjusting to daily saliva tests at Olympic Village

Undergoing saliva tests on a daily basis is something boxer Nesthy Petecio will get used to during her time inside the Athletes' Village at the Harumi waterfront district of Tokyo during the Summer Olympic Games. 

 Depositing a fixed amount of saliva on a test tube everyday and upon waking up may be an uncomfortable experience.

 But, the 29-year-old Petecio said she is willing to do it just to make sure she won’t get infected with COVID-19 during the quadrennial meet.

 “Daily tests ito. Pagkagising, wala pang mumog, wala pang toothbrush,” said Petecio, on Facebook Live yesterday afternoon, as she got ready to familiarize herself with other members of the national team. 

Petecio arrived Saturday at the Olympic Village with the rest of the national boxing team, including Carlo Paalam and Irish Magno.

Eumir Marcial flew into Tokyo last Friday with coach Nolito Velasco.

Petecio also expressed gladness of having met the early birds, which included taekwondo jin Kurt Barbosa, gymnast Carlos Yulo and trackster Kristina Knott.

Philippine delegation chef de mission Mariano “Nonong” Araneta said sports medicine specialist Randy Molo has spent time familiarizing the athletes with what to expect during their stay in Tokyo.

Petecio and Paalam spent time in Thailand  doing their workouts with the help of their coaches, led by  Velasco, Reynaldo Galido and Don Abnett.

The 5’2" Petecio fights in the women’s 57 kgs.

Topics: Nesthy Petecio , Tokyo Olympics , Athletes' Village , Saliva test
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