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Obiena bags Sports Idol honor

WILLIAM WEST/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE ERNEST John Obiena adds another feather in his cap after emerging with the Sports Idol award in the 3rd Siklab Youth Sports Awards on 4 December at the Market! Market! Activity Center in Taguig City.

Asian pole vault king Ernest John “EJ” Obiena will share the spotlight with 57 other young athletes from 33 sports during the 3rd Siklab Youth Sports Awards on 4 December at the Market! Market! Activity Center in Taguig City.

Obiena, the world No. 2 pole vaulter, is the hands down winner of the “Sports Idol” plum in the award rites organized by the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee Media Group.

The Siklab Awards will likewise present a special citation to the Youth Football League and the Davao Aguilas Football Club, which is supported by Quezon City 1st District Rep. Juan Carlos “Arjo” Atayde.

Additionally, the Para Youth Star award will be given to Asean Para Games double gold medalist Ariel Alegarbes.

Sports patron Senator Christopher “Bong” Go will also be recognized with the Godfather Award in the event backed by MVP Sports Foundation, Smart/PLDT, CEL Logistics, JC, NLEX, Pacquiao 3-in-1 Coffee, Blue Hydra and Gilligan’s with Market! Market! and Ayala Malls as venue partners.

Joining the bemedaled Obiena in the gala for the finest Filipino junior athletes 18 years old and younger are tennis star Alex Eala, World Combat Games champion Alyssa Kylie Mallari of muay thai, weightlifting world youth champion Prince Keil delos Santos, gymnast Karl Eldrew Yulo — an Asian championship junior silver medalist — and Southeast Asian Games gold medalists Kira Ellis and Matthew Hermosa, along with 18 others.

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