More Olympic medals in store as IOC recognizes 6 sports

The Philippines will have more chances of snaring Olympic medals after the International Olympic Committee granted full recognition in six sports, including kickboxing, muay thai and sambo where the country is traditionally strong.

Also getting the full nod are cheerleading, lacrosse and icestocksports, which, along with kickboxing, muay thai and sambo, are expected to get formally accepted as part of the 2024 Paris Games when their International Federations meet in an IOC session in Tokyo ahead of the Olympics set July 23.

Philippine Olympic Committee president Abraham Tolentino said, “Definitely nadagdagan chances natin with the addition of the three martial arts events, dyan tayo may mga potential, which we have proven in the last Southeast Asian Games.”

He was referring to kickboxing, muay thai and sambo combining for an impressive eight-gold haul in the 2019 SEA Games edition the country hosted.

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