PH bodybuilding team ruled out of Vietnam SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 14) – The Philippine bodybuilding team has been ruled out to compete in the 31st Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Philippines said in a statement on Saturday.

The national bodybuilding federation said Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino informed them of the unfortunate development.

Tolentino has yet to respond to CNN Philippines on the formal reason given by event organizers to disallow the Filipino team from joining the competition, which is making a return in the SEA Games after nine years.

But in a statement released by IFBB Philippines on Friday, it mentioned that the 31st SEA Games Bodybuilding Technical Committee did not give clearance to the nine Filipino bodybuilders for allegedly failing to submit a doping test result ahead of the tournament and being not accredited by the Asian Bodybuilding Federation.

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Three Filipino bodybuilders were supposed to compete in the first day of the 31st SEA Games bodybuilding competition on Friday, but were barred due to the developing situation.

“We may have been denied the opportunity to fight today but in true Filipino spirit, we will rise up, united, to fight another day!” the IFBB Philippines said in a statement

The members of the Philippine bodybuilding team are Lorie Deloria, Ming Jereza, Roderick Ternida, Homer Valmonte, Jesse Virata, Edward Alido, Leidon Cruz, Alexis Abule, and Renz Alimorong.