Meggie Ochoa hopes success in World Tour translates into Asiad jiu-jitsu gold
Meggie Ochoa with her mom, MPTC president and CEO Rod Franco, and POC secretary-general Patrick Greogorio. Gerry Ramos

MEGGIE Ochoa hopes her recent success in the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam World Tour would culminate into something big six months from now – a coveted gold medal in the Asian Games.

The 27-year-old Ochoa will be seeing action in her first Asiad stint this August in Indonesia, where she’s expected to be among the top contenders in the jiu-jitsu, which is making its debut in the quadrennial meet.

The martial arts practitioner from Ateneo knows it’s a tough task going up against Asia’s finest, but said she’s ready for the challenge especially after winning the gold in the London leg of the World Tour.

“I know all of this is from God. He’s aligning everything and things are really falling into place,” she said. “Hopefully, all of us, not just me but the jiu-jitsu team and the entire Philippine delegation can really bring honor to our country and most of all, to God.”

Ochoa was with both her biological and ‘adopted’ family in NLEX Wednesday night to celebrate her triumph at the Tipsy Pig Gastropub in Pasig.

On hand for NLEX was no less than Rod Franco, president and CEO of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp., who was accompanied by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) secretary general Patrick Gregorio.

NLEX has been supporting Ochoa’s campaign since 2016 when she first won a gold medal in the Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam. She also won gold last year in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

“We’re really proud of our support to Meggie because in our own small way, we’re able to help her accomplish a lot for the country,” said Franco. “I hope, through the help of media, we can generate a bit more support for Meggie, especially now that she’s in the program for the Asian Games, and hopefully in the Olympics someday.”

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