Philippines at the 2020 Summer Olympics

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Philippines at the
2020 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Philippines.svg
NOCPhilippine Olympic Committee
in Tokyo
Competitors7 in 4 sports
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Philippines is expected to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Originally scheduled to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020, the Games have been postponed to 23 July to 8 August 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Since the nation's official debut in 1924, Filipino athletes have appeared in every edition of the Summer Olympic Games, but did not attend the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the nation's partial support for the US-led boycott.

As of April 2021, the Philippines qualified a total of seven athletes for Tokyo 2020. Ernest Obiena in men's pole vault,[2] Carlos Yulo in artistic gymnastics, Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifiting, with four in boxing— Eumir Marcial for men's middleweight,[3] Irish Magno for women's flyweight,[4] Nesthy Petecio for women's featherweight, and Carlo Paalam for men's flyweight.[5]


Philippine Football Federation president Mariano Araneta was appointed in August 2019 as chef de mission of the Filipino delegation to the Games by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino.[6] Araneta succeeded Joey Romasanta who was appointed as chef de mission for the same edition of the Olympics by Tolentino's predecessor, Ricky Vargas.[7]

The preparation of the delegation was largely affected by travel restrictions imposed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In relation, Filipino businessman Enrique Razon has pledged to procure COVID-19 vaccines for the Philippine delegation from Moderna.[8]

The Philippines is targeting to qualify around 38 athletes for the Olympics.[9]


Filipino athletes further achieved the entry standards, either by qualifying time or by world ranking, in the following track and field events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event):[10][11]

  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Ernest Obiena Men's pole vault


The Philippines entered four boxers (two per gender) into the Olympic tournament. 2019 world silver medalist Eumir Marcial (men's middleweight) and 2019 Southeast Asian Games runner-up Irish Magno (women's flyweight) secured places in their respective weight divisions, with the former advancing to the semifinals and the latter scoring a box-off triumph, at the 2020 Asia & Oceania Qualification Tournament in Amman, Jordan.[12][13][14] Reigning world champion Nesthy Petecio (women's featherweight) and Carlo Paalam (men's flyweight) completed the nation's boxing lineup by topping the list of eligible boxers from Asia and Oceania in their respective weight divisions of the IOC's Boxing Task Force Rankings.[15]

Preparation of the boxing delegation was affected by the quarantine measures in the Philippines imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic with some boxers reportedly gaining extra 10 kilograms (22 lb) of weight due to relative idleness of boxers stranded in their home provinces.[16] Eumir Marcial is preparing for the Olympics in the United States, while the three other qualified boxers were sent to a training camp in Thailand.[17] The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) plans to send boxers which qualified in the Olympics to the 2021 Asian Boxing Championships in India as part of the boxing delegation's preparations with plans for the competing boxers to head straight to Tokyo after the competition.[16]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
Carlo Paalam Men's flyweight
Eumir Marcial Men's middleweight
Irish Magno Women's flyweight
Nesthy Petecio Women's featherweight



The Philippines entered one artistic gymnast into the Olympic competition for the first time since 1968. Nineteen-year-old Carlos Yulo booked a spot in the men's individual all-around and apparatus events, by topping the list of twelve gymnasts eligible for qualification at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.[18] Yulo is the first Filipino born in the 2000s to qualify for the Summer Olympics.

Yulo, after competing at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines went on to Japan to prepare for the Olympics. However he had an eight-month hiatus, with his next competition after the SEA Games being the All-Japan Senior Gymnastics Championships held in September 2020.[19] Yulo plans to perform a triple backflip in the Olympics to increase his chance of winning a gold medal; if successful, it would be the first time he will be able to do so in a competition.[20]

Athlete Event Qualification Final
Apparatus Total Rank Apparatus Total Rank
Carlos Yulo All-around


Hidilyn Diaz was supposed to join an Olympic qualifier in Cali, Colombia last March 2020 to secure her spot in the Olympics but didn't push through after the country imposed a travel ban for Asians and European because of the pandemic.

She officially sealed her spot a year later at the 2021 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. This will be her fourth Olympic appearance after competing in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016 where she won silver in Women's 53 kg event.[21]

Athlete Event Snatch Clean & Jerk Total Rank
Result Rank Result Rank
Hidilyn Diaz Women's −55 kg


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  18. ^ Navarro, June (8 October 2019). "PH's top gymnast Carlos Yulo qualifies for Tokyo Olympics". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  19. ^ Pedralvez, Manolo (16 August 2020). "Gymnastics: Olympian Yulo breaks 8-month hiatus to join Japan tilt in September". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  20. ^ "After Tokyo, Yulo eyes Paris". The Philippine Star. 6 April 2021. Retrieved 6 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Hidilyn Diaz officially enters Tokyo 2020 Olympics". Rappler. Retrieved 2021-05-04.