Allain Ganapin clinches Tokyo Paralympics berth

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 8) – Filipino para-taekwondo bet Allain Ganapin has clinched a slot in the Tokyo Paralympics.

Philippine Paralympic Committee Secretary General Walter Torres on Tuesday confirmed Ganapin's Paralympic berth, saying the international governing body World Taekwondo has approved his bipartite application.

"His bipartite application was approved by the World Taekwondo federation so he has been given a bipartite invitation to participate," Torres told CNN Philippines.

The Bipartite Commission Invitation is granted to para-athletes who were not given a chance to formally qualify for the Paralympics using other qualification methods due to "extraordinary circumstances."

With his feat, Ganapin made history as one of the first jins who will play in the inaugural Paralympic taekwondo competitions in Tokyo, Japan this August. He will compete in the men's K44 -75kg division, where athletes have "unilateral arm amputation (or equivalent loss of function), or loss of toes which impact the ability to lift the heel properly," according to the International Paralympic Committee.

The Philippine Sports Commission also congratulated Ganapin for qualifying for the Tokyo Games. 

Ganapin recently vied for an outright Tokyo Paralympic berth in the Asian Taekwondo Paralympic qualifiers held in Amman, Jordan, where he settled for a bronze medal finish.

Ganapin is the second Filipino athlete to qualify in the Tokyo Paralympics. Bemedalled swimmer Ernie Gawilan got the first ticket to Tokyo, but he needs to complete his review classification races later this month to formalize his Paralympic stint.

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