Kodo Nakano is 13th Filipino Olympian

Filipino-Japanese judoka Kodo Nakano will represent the Philippines in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The news was relayed to Filipino chef-de-mission Jose Romasanta by Philippine Karatedo Federation president Dave Carter on Wednesday morning, Rio time.

Romasanta welcomed the entry of the 13th Filipino athlete who will compete in the Summer games that will formally open on August 5 (August 6 in Manila).

Nakano, who will vie in the 81 kg class, is expected to arrive in Brazil no later than August 6. The judo competitions will kick off three days after his expected arrival.

Carter explained that he was the next judoka in line after an Iranian athlete backed out last minute.

"In every weight class there is a quota, he was just outside that quota. Now that one backed out, naturally (Nakano) went in," Carter told CNN Philippines.

Nakano will join track and field bets Marestella Torres, Eric Cray and Mary Joy Tabal; boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez; swimmers Jessie Khing Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi; weightlifters Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia; table tennis’ Ian Lariba; taekwondo jin Kirstie Elaine Alora; and golfer Miguel Tabuena.