Obiena planning a world-class pole vault match subsequent yr

Duplantis, Nielsen and Braz anticipated to come back

WORLD Championship pole vault bronze medalist EJ Obiena is planning to herald World Nos. 1 and a pair of Armand Duplantis and Chris Nilsen to the nation in an invitational match Philippine Olympic Committee Abraham Tolentino will host in Tagaytay Metropolis subsequent yr.

The World No. 3 from the Philippines can also be tagging alongside 2016 Rio Olympics gold winner Thiago Braz of Brazil in a star-studded affair that Filipinos will get to witness head to head for the primary time.

“The target is to carry them right here after the out of doors season’s over,” stated Mr. Obiena, who’s within the nation for a trip.

After being advised of this, the mayor from Tagaytay agreed to host the momentous occasion.

“The Picnic Grove right here might be an excellent venue,” stated Mr. Tolentino.

The setup shall be much like the format achieved in Europe — a road venue the place the runway, the field, crossbars and touchdown space are all moveable or collapsible.

“With the Taal Volcano as backdrop, what extra may you ask for — a world-class pole vault motion in probably the most picturesque vacationer points of interest within the nation,” stated Mr. Tolentino. “Each leap shall be postcard-perfect, he added.

The European out of doors season ends in early September and with the Asian Video games in Huangzhou set on the identical month subsequent yr, Messrs. Obiena and Tolentino are taking a look at late September or early or mid-October as a possible date.

“This shall be a spectator-friendly occasion, and it’s deliberate to be sanctioned [by World Athletics],” the Asian record-holder stated.

Native tourism, Mr. Tolentino stated, would be the beneficiary within the meet.

“It’s nice for tourism and the Philippines shall be within the worldwide pole vaulting map,” stated Mr. Tolentino. “It’s very doable regardless of subsequent yr’s busy schedule. It’s going to be an enormous occasion so we’ve got to plan this rigorously.”

The Philippine Sports activities Fee, now chaired by Noli Eala, and the Philippine Athletics Observe and Subject Affiliation underneath Terry Capistrano are additionally anticipated to play a key function within the internet hosting.

“We hope to work with POC, PSC and PATAFA, it’s a combination collaboration,” stated Mr. Obiena. “I additionally like to see Hackett de los Santos to expertise and compete with the perfect athletes.”

Mr. Obiena was referring to the silver medalist on the Vietnam SEA Video games final Might.

“That is going to be historic that’s why I’m pushing for it,” stated Mr. Obiena. “Pole vault is an ordinary competitors so it’s doable.” — Joey Villar

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