Nat’l athlete saves official and neighbors in flood
Elly Jan Nituda, a Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist in last year’s sepak takraw competitions, is a champion in life. help them get to the rooftops.
“It was adrenaline, sir,” said Nituda, who added that he felt like he had an orange flotation device wrapped around him.
Nituda didn’t bother to save her belongings when she learned that Federation Secretary General Pilipinas Sepak Takraw, Irene Tanchanco, was trapped at her home in the flood-prone provident village of the town of Marikina. He left his tiny rented apartment Thursday morning to help Tanchanco and ended up helping his neighbors as well, even as the raging waters washed away his own things.
“I was no longer thinking about my business; the important thing is that I am alive and that I have been able to help others, ”Nituda said in Filipino.
He also found an unintended advantage in his heroic exploits.
“It’s a great workout sir, very difficult,” said Nituda, 23.
Nituda is among several members of the national team who have been affected by the flash floods. Nituda said the homes of his teammates, SEA Games winner Emmanuel Escote and Junard Eringue, were also badly damaged because they were made of lightweight materials. “But they are also safe, sir,” Nituda said.
Philippine Sports Commission executive director Guillermo Iroy said he also received reports that canoe / kayak and dragon boat athletes were also affected.
“I understand that there are a lot of them; we are awaiting the report on the affairs of the NSA (national sports association) so that we can coordinate and provide assistance to them, ”Iroy told the Inquirer.
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