Ho, Gawilan picked as torchbearers in Olympic torch relay


Just a few hours after Asian Para Games gold medalist swimmer Ernie Gawilan was named as the Tokyo Olympic torchbearer, former Ateneo volleyball star and television host Gretchen Ho said also that she will be also carrying the Olympic torch in a torch relay festivity.

Ho posted through her Twitter account late Saturday afternoon that the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games’ torchbearers office has approved her application as one of the torchbearers after a rigorous process.

“Great news to end 2019. Guess who’s going to be a torchbearer at the @Tokyo2020 Olympics??? This every athlete’s dream. I just can’t wait for the new year to begin,” posted Ho, who clarified that she is not the country’s official Olympic flag bearer though in separate post.

“Just to clarify — I’m not the country’s official flag bearer. I applied for this and got chosen. Will definitely be a proud Filipino there though.”

The torch relay will begin by late March and run for 121 days in different places in Japan, according to its Olympic website.

Gawilan, meanwhile, revealed also his selection as Olympic torchbearer by the Tokyo Olympic organizer.

“Malaking karangalan ito sa akin at sa Philippine Paralympic Committee. I will do my best. Sipag at tiyaga lang (This is a big honor for me and to the Philippine Paralympic Committee. I will do my best. It’s all about hard work,” Gawilan told The Manila Times through phone interview last Saturday.

Gawilan’s trainer and coach Tony Ong explained further that the torchbearer torch relay activity would be both part for the preparation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on July 24 to August 9 and the Paralympic Games on August 25 to September 6.



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