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This image, taken on May 21, 2021, shows Olympic weightlifter Hidilin Diaz from the Philippines lifting weights during a training session in Jasin in the Malaysian city of Malaysia. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines – Olympians training outside the Philippines will receive COVID-19 vaccine kits in host countries, the Philippines Olympic Committee said Thursday.

“I would like to express my gratitude to all our NOC. [national olympic committee] neighbors for helping our athletes get vaccinated, ”said POC President Abraham“ Bambol ”Tolentino.

Hidilin Diaz has already received the first dose of the vaccine and is about to receive the second in Malaysia, while Carlos Hulot and his trainer Munehiro Kugimiya will be vaccinated in Japan.

Tolentino said the Japanese Olympic Committee and the Japan Gymnastics Association had assured him and Philippine Gymnastics Association President Cynthia Carrion-Norton that Hulot would be vaccinated in Japan.

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Boxers Nesti Petesio, Irishman Magno and Carlo Paalam will also be vaccinated in Thailand along with their trainers Donald Abnett, Nolito “Boy” Velasco, Ronald Chavez, Elmer Pamisa and Reinaldo Galido.

Rogen Ladon, Ian Clarke Bautista, James Palikte, Marjon Pianar, Risa Pasuit and Ira Villegas, who are also training in Thailand, will be included in the vaccination program.

“Although vaccine is optional at the Olympic Games, we cannot jeopardize the well-being and health of our athletes, ”said Tolentino. “Once you get a positive result, you are automatically eliminated from the competition.”

Tolentino added that the POC is looking to pole vaulter EJ Obiena to get vaccines in Italy.

Rower Chris Nivarez has already received his first dose COVID-19 vaccine on May 28 in Manila.

Jin Taekwondo Kurt Barbosa and skateboarder Margillin Didal will receive their first dose this month.

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