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Saso, Obiena, Marcial top first Inquirer Sports Awards
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Yuka Saso and EJ Obiena were named athletes of the year in the first Inquirer Sports Awards on Thursday, with Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Willie Marcial also cornering an award as the previous year’s top executive. Saso and Obiena won Guyito trophies, named so after the Inquirer’s official mascot, in the event that honors the top male and female performers of 2020 based on specific performances during the year. “I promise to keep trying my best to bring glory to the Philippines,” said Saso in an acceptance video shot in Japan, where she is currently based as she prepares for her second season in the Japan LPGA. Saso won the Guyito for her victory in the Nitori Ladies golf tournament, which was her second straight victory in the Japan Tour that put her in the headlines. She edged out tennis ace Alex Eala’s French Open junior semifinal run, trackster Kristina Knott’s breaking of legend Lydia de Vega’s long-standing record, Irish Magno’s Olympic-qualifying win in the Asian boxing championships and Vanessa Sarno’s three-gold haul in the weightlifting world cup. Obiena also beat a field that was as diverse as the one Saso emerged on top of. The country’s top pole vaulter, also an Olympic qualifier, ruled the World Athletics Continental Tour in Ostrava, Czech Republic, beating two Olympic champions, including reigning king Thiago Braz, and then reigning world champion Sam Kendricks. ‘I’m lucky’ “It’s been tough [competing during a pandemic] for everyone but really, I’m lucky to be able to do what I love to do during this time,” Obiena said in a video message filmed during a break in a competition in Poland, his latest stop in a European competition tour. “Thank you very much for appreciating my efforts.” In grabbing the Guyito, Obiena nipped Karate star James de los Santos, who became the world No. 1 in e-kata, Barangay Ginebra’s La Tenorio, who bucked pretournament surgery to become Finals Most Valuable Player, and Eumir Marcial, who was nominated for his Olympic-clinching performance in the Asian boxing championships. Marcial was named Decision-maker of the year for his handling of the PBA bubble. Among those he edged were Rep. Abraham Tolentino, who assumed the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee and worked to expand the budget for national athletes, Baham Mitra, the Games and Amusements Board chair who drew the line between amateur and professional sports in the country, and Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, who also successfully staged the Philippines Football League bubble. “This award also belongs to the PBA board and team owners who worked so hard to help us succeed [with the bubble],” Marcial said. Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone was honored with the Quote of the Year trophy while water polo’s playing assistant coach Dale Evangelista was feted as the previous year’s top humanitarian among athletes. The event was broadcast by the Inquirer’s Facebook page and can still be viewed there. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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Inquirer awards event honors ‘top talkers’
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There were very few sports events during the pandemic, and the one thing that carried stories in the Inquirer’s sports section was the interviews with athletes and other sports personalities. The best of these interviews will be honored when the Inquirer Sports Awards (ISA) hands out the Quote of the Year trophy on Feb. 11. The ISA will be broadcast at 3 p.m. over Inquirer.net’s Facebook account. Apart from honoring the best interview, the ISA will also hand out a humanitarian award to an athlete who went beyond the call of duty to help those in need during the pandemic. Among the nominees for the Quote of the Year are boxer John Riel Casimero, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone, Phoenix coach Topex Robinson and karate star Jamie Lim. “The people’s voice, it’s a cry for help. It should be heard, not silenced,” Lim, a Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, told the Inquirer in a special feature on athletes being active in sociopolitical causes. “And 20 to 30 years from now, maybe when they look back and they say, ‘You know that bubble championship?’ They’ll remember our team because we had the most unique championship in the history of the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association). It’s really cool,” said Cone after steering the Gin Kings to the Philippine Cup inside a bio-secure environment. “I can’t think of anything to improve my game; only my English needs improvement,” cracked Casimero in a press conference last year. “Yeah, mile markers are important. But we’re here to play the infinite game,” said the oft-philosophical Robinson. Interviewing these personalities helped sports writers at a time when there was very little events as nothing beats hearing, or in this case reading, things straight from the horse’s mouth. There were other quotes also considered, including nuggets from Rain or Shine mentor Caloy Garcia, who outed big man Beau Belga’s stress eating habit to reflective responses from the likes of PBA standouts Matthew Wright and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. Read Next Don't miss out on the latest news and information. Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000. For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
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