Pi­nay shoots for 13th gold in Para Games

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KUALA LUMPUR – Rio Par­a­lympics bronze medal win­ner Josephine Me­d­ina hopes to stamp her class anew when the ASEAN Para Games be­gins to­mor­row at the Bukit Jalil Na­tional Sports Com­plex here.

Af­flicted by po­liomyeli­tis since child­hood, Me­d­ina, 47, will be go­ing for her 13th gold medal in ta­ble ten­nis com­pe­ti­tion of the bi­en­nial meet among 11 na­tions.

De­spite her past achieve­ments, Me­d­ina is not tak­ing the field lightly, say­ing: “I know my op­po­nents are also tough and noth­ing is re­ally cer­tain.”

A na­tive of Oas, Al­bay but who grew up in Marik­ina City, Me­d­ina will be play­ing in the team event with Min­nie de Ramos-Cadag.

For her Rio Games feat, Me­d­ina re­ceived an in­cen­tive amount­ing to

₱1 mil­lion while be­com­ing a pri­or­ity ath­lete with a monthly salary of

₱40,000 from the Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion.

She stands to re­ceive a cash in­cen­tive of ₱150,000 if she will win an­other gold.

“We’re like float­ing ath­letes be­fore be­cause we only get to train if there’s com­pe­ti­tion,” said Me­d­ina, who was in­tro­duced to the sport by fa­ther Roberto, a for­mer na­tional team player, as part of her ther­apy.

Like Me­d­ina, De Ramos-Cadal is also a well-dec­o­rated ath­lete hav­ing won a gold and sil­ver in the event.

Me­d­ina re­called be­ing ne­glected by TATAP to be part of the reg­u­lar na­tional team be­cause of her dis­abil­ity.

“I was win­ning medals in the Na­tional Open and age-group but they didn’t ac­cept me be­cause of my dis­abil­ity,” she re­called. “Maybe it was a bless­ing in dis­guise be­cause I wouldn’t be given this op­por­tu­nity if it hadn’t hap­pened.”


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