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Embassy of Japan in Manila commends athletes

The Japanese Embassy in Manila has commended the three Filipino-Japanese female athletes who bagged medals for the Philippines

Sep 25

08:11
2018

The Japanese Embassy in Manila has commended the three Filipino-Japanese female athletes who bagged medals for the Philippines in the recent 18th Asian Games in Jakarta-Palembang, Indonesia.

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda led the presentation of certificates of commendations to Yuka Saso (golf), Kiyomi Watanabe (judo), and Junna Tsukii (karate) during a ceremony at his residence in Makati City on September 14.

According to the Embassy statement, the awards were presented to the three Filipino-Japanese athletes “in recognition of their achievements at the Asian Games and their contributions to the promotion of mutual understanding and good relations between the Philippines and Japan through sports.”

Saso won the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in both the women’s individual and women’s team golf event in the Asiad.

On Judo, Watanabe put up a tough fight against a seeded Japanese foe before settling for the silver medal, the very first medal for the Philippines in Asia’s biggest sporting event. Tsukii, on the other hand, toppled her Thai opponent and captured the bronze medal in the women’s 50-kg Karate semi-final at the Jakarta Convention Center.

In accepting the commendations, Saso vowed to make the best use of lessons learned and experience she gained at the Asian Games, while Tsukii expressed determination to keep improving and hope to win more medals for the country in upcoming international championships, especially in the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

All in all, the Philippines brought home a total of four gold, two silver, and 15 bronze medals from the games.