Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio dedicates historic Olympic silver medal to LGBTIQ+ community

Petecio also encouraged other members of the LGBTIQ+ community to pursue their dreams.

The Philippines' Nesthy Petecio with her silver medal on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

The Philippines' Nesthy Petecio with the silver medal on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Source: POOL AFP

After becoming the first boxer from the Philippines to have a podium finish at the Olympic Games for almost 25 years, Nesthy Petecio dedicated the achievement to the LGBTIQ+ community.

"This win is for the LGBTQ community. Let’s go, fight!" Petecio said on Tuesday, according to a translation from ESPN, after accepting the silver medal for placing second in the women’s featherweight boxing in Tokyo.

Petecio also encouraged other members of the LGBTIQ+ community to pursue their dreams.

“No matter what our gender is, as long as we have a dream, we fight. Ignore people who bring you down and the things they say,” Petecio said, according to a translation by Rappler.

Nesthy Petecio with a silver medal
Source: Yomiuri Shimbun

Japan's Sena Irie took the gold medal by unanimous decision, delivering the host nation's maiden medal in women's boxing.

The 20-year-old university student looked light on her feet as she peppered Petecio with jabs and capped the third round with a convincing combination.

She and Petecio both shed tears on the podium.

"Before I knew it I was on the podium and the national anthem was playing. Somehow I had become world number one and I became a little tearful," Irie said.

Petecio said champion male Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has been an inspiration for their career.

"I compare my life to his," Petecio said, according to a translation from the Olympic Channel.

"We both came from hardships, we both started from nothing."

With Reuters.


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Published 5 August 2021 at 2:58pm
By SBS News
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