Two weeks after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games, another sports event opened in Beijing. This time, the athletes are special and the Paralympic Games began with a unique opening ceremony participated by 148 countries all over the world.
For Team Philippines, we only had 3 athletes competing in two events. They are Pedro Sollique, Cherry Pinpin and Ads Dumapong. Sollique and Pinpin both competed in the 2-person keelboat in Qingdao. Ads Dumapong is fielded in women’s powerlifting for the 80+kg category.
As the Games are about to end on Wednesday, our athletes have also completed their events. Sollique and Pinpin placed last after 10 races in their event. Ads Dumapong, on the other hand, did not start on her event.
I didn’t actually get to follow our athletes so I’m not really sure what happened. It seems like they were mysteriously forgotten even by our news stations in the Philippines. To our special athletes, I’m proud of you for competing in one of the best sports event in history. You may not have won but you’re already winners by overcoming your disabilities and showing the world that you’re better than the others.