In case you missed it, our national rugby team—the Philippine Volcanoes—went last November to South Korea for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It’s the biggest rugby event in Asia where teams compete for a spot to join Olympic host Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“For us, our long-term goal was to always qualify for the Olympics. For us, this is real now. Rest assured, we’re not here to look at numbers but we’re here to win this tournament. We’re not looking to finish second or third. We definitely want to come out victorious,” said Philippine Volcanoes team captain Rob Fogerty.
To show some extra love to our athletes, Globe held their very own send-off ceremony for the Volcanoes. Globe has been supporting rugby and the Philippine Volcanoes since 2010. Two years ago, the company renewed its partnership with the national team specifically to help the squad qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
“This is a proud moment for us. We all know that the task at hand is very difficult but who would have thought a few years ago that a Filipino rugby team will even qualify for the Olympics? Our Philippine Volcanoes are on the verge of qualifying. Let’s rally and support the team because we believe in our Volcanoes, we believe that their hearts, skills and preparation for this tournament will enable them to succeed in achieving their ultimate goal,” said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu leading the send-off ceremony.
On November 23 and 24, the Volcanoes came face-to-face with Guam, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates in Incheon, South Korea for the remaining slot for Asia in the Rugby Sevens event of the Summer Games the following year in Japan.
Catch the live stream on the official page of the Philippine Volcanoes.
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Photographs courtesy of Globe Telecom and Philippine Volcanoes