Nesthy Petecio – the first and so far only Filipina boxer to win an Olympic medal – is dedicating her silver medal to the LGBTQIA community, which she said she’s part to be proud of.
In a post-match conference, Petecio said that aside from being “proud to be part of the LGBTQ community”, her win is also “para rin po sa LGBTQ community ang laban na ‘to.“
In a separate press conference organized by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) and the Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP), Petecio emphasized this, saying: “Sobrang proud ako na member ako ng LGBTQ (community), di ko po tinatanggi yun. Kahit ano gender natin, basta may pangarap tayo, laban tayo.”
As of August 3, the Philippines won two medals from the Summer Games in Japan; the first one was the gold won by weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz.