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EJ Obiena pulls out of Germany meet after lacking out on coaching days

Ernest John Obiena, in motion right here final yr in Europe. —PHOTO COURTESY OF ERNEST OBIENA’S FACEBOOK PAGE

MANILA, Philippines—Philippines’ high pole vaulter EJ Obiena pulled out of the Init Indoor Assembly after lacking out on a number of coaching days, his advisor Jim Lafferty mentioned Thursday.

Lafferty added that each Obiena and his coach Vitaly Petrov selected not participating within the competitors that will probably be held in Karlsruhe, Germany.

“He has certainly withdrawn. It was finalized yesterday between EJ and Vitaly Petrov his coach.  The knee feels high-quality. That’s not the difficulty. He merely misplaced too many coaching days and his timing is off. This results in inconsistency,” Lafferty advised the Inquirer through an e mail message.  “Generally he’s ‘on’ and typically ‘off.’”

In an Instagram Storu, Obiena additionally responded to a question about his participation within the meet.

“I’m sorry, I would like to maneuver my season opener a couple of days again,” mentioned Obiena. “I’ll be again! I promise!”

Obiena not too long ago had surgical procedure to repair a meniscus tear in is left knee resulting in lapses in his coaching.

There’s additionally Obiena’s off-field feud with the Philippine Athletics Observe and Area Affiliation and its president Philip Ella Juico.

Lafferty mentioned Obiena may make his 2022 season debut in February in Berlin.

“Vitaly feels he has one other week earlier than he nails his timing for a full 18-step method. So his first meet is now Berlin subsequent weekend on February 4 or 5,” mentioned Lafferty.

Obeina can be remodeling his scheduled after the Asian Indoor Athletics Championship acquired suspended as a result of riots in Almaty, Kazakhstan as a result of rise in gasoline costs.

The Asian Indoor Championships was pushed to February 2023.

“His schedule is being reworked because the Asian Indoors have been suspended as a result of instability of safety in Almaty, Kazakhstan as a result of rioting and public disturbances broadly lined within the press. That was clearly an enormous focus competitors for EJ.  We’re working a revised schedule around the globe indoor championships that are in March,” mentioned Lafferty.


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