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Tolentino graces Olympic Day rites

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF POC POC president Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino will lead the annual Olympic Day celebration.

The Philippine Olympic Committee celebrates Olympic Day on Friday with a traditional run and this time to be marked with a ceremonial turnover of incentives from the POC to medalists in last month’s 32nd Southeast Asian Games.

POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino will lead the ceremony held annually to celebrate the founding of the International Olympic Committee by Baron Pierre de Coubertin on 23 June 1894.

The Olympic Day celebration starts at 7 a.m. at the University of the Philippines Track and Field Oval in Diliman, Quezon City.

Joining Tolentino are members of the Philippine Olympian Association led by its president Akiko Thomson and Stephen Fernandez as well as representatives from the Special Olympics Philippines.

A 15-minute zumba program by the Special Olympics athletes and ceremonial walk and run around the brand-new oval are on the program.

Tolentino will proceed with the ceremonial turnover of checks to medalist athletes representing individual, doubles and team sports in the Cambodia SEA Games.

Dean Francis Carlos “Kiko” Diaz of the UP College of Human Kinetics and POC deputy secretary-general Karen Tanchanco-Caballero will close the ceremony.

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