LONG jumper Janry Ubas is headed for Japan on Wednesday to join the Athletics Challenge at the Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niigata.
The event is part of the World Athletics Continental Gold Tour from Oct 1 to 3.
Coach Dario Darosas will be with the 28-year-old Ubas to guide him.
Ubas made the cut for the tour when cleared 7.73 meters for the silver medal in the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games.
“As it is a World Athletics rated event, first he needed to qualify to get into the competition. His recent performance for the period of 2021 to present made him qualify,” said Philippine Athletics Track and Field secretary general Edward Kho, who added that the points that Ubas will earn will give him opportunities to compete in world championship events.
“Essentially it will serve as a good basis to assess, where his prep is at the moment. We are sure he will slug it out,” added Kho.
Ubas is currently ranked no. 142 in the world in long jump.
The 2022 World Athletics Continental Tour, also known as the 2022 Continental Tour, is in its third season. Organized by World Athletics, the tour forms the second tier of international one-day meetings after the Diamond League.