Boxer Eumir Felix Marcial has thrown his support to fellow Olympian EJ Obiena amid the elite pole vaulter’s ongoing rift with the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa).
In a Facebook post Wednesday, Marcial said this is his way of giving back his support to the embattled Obiena even before the Tokyo Olympics began, where the Zamboanga native boxer saw himself in a pinch for seeking training funds at that time.
“Ngayon ako naman ang susuporta sayo (This time, I will be the one supporting you),” wrote Marcial in the post. “I feel that it is only right as a fellow athlete and Olympian that I express my support and collectively ask to show our solidarity with EJ.”
For Marcial, Patafa’s decision to drop Obiena, the No. 6 ranked pole vaulter in the world, from the national pool is “some sort of an invalidation of the efforts and sacrifices” that he made as a Filipino athlete.
Marcial also addressed that the situation also affected not only Obiena’s training but also his “time, energy, and resources” in preparation for his upcoming tournaments.