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Folayang, Dominguez share major plums in PSA awards
by Harley F. Palangchao

ACCOMPLISHED ATHLETES -- ONE lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang and 2016’s most accomplished taekwondo jin Jeordan Dominguez were major honorees in the Philippine Sports Association annual awards for sports excellence in Pasay last week. -- Contributed photo

 

 

Two Baguio athletes were conferred major awards in the prestigious annual Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards by Milo and San Miguel at the Le Pavilion in Pasay.

ONE Championship lightweight world champion Eduard Folayang and world taekwondo poomsae champion Jeordan Dominguez shared top honors with other Filipino top athletes led by 2016 Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz.

Diaz, who ended the 20-year medal drought of the country in the Olympics, was conferred the  highest honor, the Athlete of the Year award.

For the first time in PSA’s annual awards history, a major award for mixed martial arts is bestowed to a Filipino athlete in the person of Folayang, who defied all odds to become world champion.

“It is truly a great honor. I always believed that we can achieve our dream for as long as we live in the right principles guided by spiritual fortitude,” Folayang said.

He recalled that he was conferred citation award several years ago when he represented and won medals for the country as a member of the Philippine Wushu Team.

Dominguez, on the other hand, was awarded this year’s Mr. Taekwondo for wining individual gold medals in the 10th World Taekwondo Poomsae Championship and the 4th Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championship, making him the most accomplished jin in 2016.

He also joined Philippine Taekwondo Poomsae Team members Jean Pierre Sabido, Ernesto Guzman Jr. and Glenn Lava as major awardees like Folayang.

Baguio’s female wushu sanda athlete Divine Wally, a gold medalist in the 8th Sanda World Cup, was among those conferred citations for sports excellence.

Most of the members of the Philippine Boxing Team who train at Teachers’ Camp were also awarded citations.

Grand Master Eugene Torre, the first ever Asian to become a GM in 1974, is this year’s Lifetime Achievement awardee.

The annual PSA awards recognizes sports athletes, personalities, organizations, and NSAs for 2016. It is organized by the Philippine Sportswriters Association, the country’s oldest media organization founded in 1949, with members composed of sports section editors, sportswriters, and sports columnists from major national broadsheets, tabloids, and online sports news portals.

 
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