THE merits of Mary Joy Tabal’s letter to the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association will be discussed in the coming days.
PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico said this after he finally received an email from Tabal, who is seeking reinstatement with the national team.
“Sumulat na siya. We will discuss her case tomorrow,” said Juico, who is set to convene the PATAFA Executive Committee.
Juico added that no resolution is still sight since the PATAFA still needs to confirm her status with the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Tabal arrived in Cebu Sunday night, with her supporters celebrating her participation in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon, where she placed eighth and passed the marathon Olympic standard.
However, Tabal did not qualify outright to the Rio games as she was not a part of the Philippine team, hence the letter of reinstatement to the athletics’ body.
The 26-year-old long-distance runner, who is supported by Motor Ace Philippines through Jonel Borromeo, said she is now inspired to do her best following her performance in Canada.
The PATAFA was caught by surprise when Tabal made the Olympic qualifying standard in the Ottawa meet two weeks ago.
Juico said long jumper Marestella Torres-Sunang will probably have to join qualifiers in Kyrgyztan and Kazakhstan in the coming weeks to assure herself of an outright place in the national team headed to the Olympics
Torres-Sunang’s Rio slot was given her on the premise that no other Filipino female athlete will qualify for the Olympics.
If Tabal is confirmed for Rio, Torres-Sunang’s universality slot will be cancelled.