Philippine sports community mourns Yan Lariba's passing

Danine Cruz on Sep 03, 2018 03:58 PM
Philippine sports community mourns Yan Lariba's passing
Gone too soon, Yan Lariba.

An outpouring of love and support came from the Philippine sports community following the passing of Olympian and Philippine table tennis legend Yan Lariba.

After more than a year of battle against leukemia, 23-year-old Lariba found peace Sunday night.

UAAP Executive Director Rebo Saguisag opened the Season 81 press conference Monday afternoon, with a touching statement in behalf of the league where Lariba bagged championships for De La Salle University.

"In her last days, I guess Yanyan reminded us that sport is a platform, a tool that can be used to do good as she spoke about her bout with cancer. As the Good Book says Yanyan fought the good fight," Saguisag said.

"She has passed on the torch to us and we must carry on."

La Salle Green Archers team captain Kib Montalbo also extended his condolences and the team's reaction after receiving the sad news.

"We actually prayed for her a while ago. Bago mag-start yung training, syempre she is a big part of us kasi she is a legend eh. Sinasabi nga namin ni Coach na yun pa ba yung mga tao na walang ginagawang mali, she's really a good person, you can't really tell time. If your time's up, it's up."

He also hinted on the community's efforts to commemorate and honor the life of the legend.

"I think our motto for this season is 4LaSalleYan. Not really sure if that is official but I saw it so that, baka yun yung baka gamitin namin saka dun sa Pep Rally."

Philippine Table Tennis Federation Inc. paid tribute also to Lariba and her family.

"She was a fighter and true table tennis ambassador and she put table tennis in the newspaper television & social media map, a sport which was not given much importance before in our country. Our sympathies and prayers are with her family."

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