• Page Views 1962
  • by Eddie Alinea
    RIO DE JANEIRO – Ian Lariba of the Philippines said she was not bothered by a sudden change in opponent, adding that she’s ready to take on anybody in the singles event of women’s table tennis in this Rio Olympics.
    Lariba, the first table tennis player from the Philippines to compete in the Summer Games, had set her sights on Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico because that was the name that was given her the day after she arrived here last July 23.
    Instead of Diaz, the 21-year-old Lariba will face Han Xing of Congo, ranked No. 125 in the world. Here in Rio, the two table tennis players have practiced against each other, not knowing that they’d end up as foes when action begins Aug. 6.
    Lariba, ranked No. 297 in the world, said there must have been was a reshuffle in the draw, but added that the change will not affect her focus.
    “Either it was reshuffled or it was a system error in the previous draw. But it’s fine with me because it’s beyond my control anyway,” said the soft-spoken Filipina.
    The student of De La Salle University, who hails from Cagayan de Oro, learned of the change just three days before the opening ceremony, and went on with her training.
    “My new opponent is from Congo and is actually naturalized. She’s Chinese. She’s my sparring partner here because like me, she’s the only entry for table tennis for her country. Small world,” said Lariba over breakfast Thursday
    “It’s okay having her as training partner but in the actual match everything will change,” added Lariba, who must have familiarized herself with Xing after a few days of them hitting balls and exchanging kills in practice.
    Lariba is aware of the difference in their ranking but must have felt better than her having to face somebody ranked No. 80.
    “It doesn’t really matter because anywhere you go, you need to slug it out with whoever your opponent is. I will just to my best,” said Lariba.
    Her South Korean coach, Mi Sook Kwon, also didn’t mind the change in opponent for the left-handed Lariba, named as the 2015 Athlete of the Year in the UAAP.
    Diaz is a 15-year-old table tennis player from Puerto Rico. She is ranked No. 80 in the world and is ninth out of the top 20 junior players (under-18) in the world. Despite her age, she is definitely no pushover in the Olympics.
    “There is no backing out now,” said Lariba.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 20 October 2018
      13 hours ago No comment

      Vote Filipino Canadian candidates in October 20 Municipal elections

      Hector Bremner (Mayor) – YES Hector Bremner is the only candidate with Vancouver City council experience running for Mayor and is Yes Vancouver’s founding mayoral candidate. Councillor Bremner’s life and career have been marked by recognizing good ideas, getting things done, and bringing people together. He feels blessed to ...

    • 20 October 2018
      15 hours ago No comment

      When nothing can stop Leni

      As Vancouver waits for the elections to be over and done with, the Filipino community, through the Philippine Bicolano Association of BC (PBABC), welcomed Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo, who came to Vancouver from San Diego, California, before heading back home. She brought in breath of fresh ...

    • 20 October 2018
      17 hours ago No comment

      VP Robredo Visits Vancouver

      Vice President of the Philippines Leni Robredo visited Vancouver this week to grace the 28th Anniversary of the Philippine Bicolano Association in BC (PBABC) held at the Hilton Hotel in Burnaby. Around 250 guests came to see and hear Robredo speak to the crowd of mostly eager kababayans from ...

    • 19 October 2018
      2 days ago No comment

      Citizenship Week Welcomed 6442 New Canadians

      Going to great heights with Canada’s newest citizens Ottawa, ON – This year during Citizenship Week, 6442 people became new Canadians at 72 special citizenship ceremonies across Canada. Citizenship Week (October 8-14) also marked the 1 year anniversary of Bill C 6, which brought in important changes to the ...

    • 18 October 2018
      3 days ago No comment

      Why Maine is well-loved, according to Coco

      Having worked with Maine Mendoza as his first-time leading lady, Coco Martin now understands why the actress-host is well-loved by her fans. Martin and Mendoza, along with comedy icon Vic Sotto, are starring in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Jack EM Popoy: The Puliscredibles.” According to Martin, they ...

    %d bloggers like this: