THE warrior in Samboy Lim remains in him.
Southeast Asian Games gold medal winner Jamie Lim said her father remains in stable condition and doing good despite the difficult times caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The love of his family and the resilience he displayed in a great career keep the ‘Skywalker’ going six years after suffering from massive stroke during a PBA Legends exhibition game at the Ynares Center in Pasig.
“He’s been fighting ever since 2014, so we’re thankful na he’s a fighter,” said the 22-year-old summa cum laude graduate at UP, who won a gold medal in karate in last year’s SEA Games.
“He’s doing OK. Thank God, he’s still healthy right now,” added Jamie in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum webcast, where she appeared with Richard Lim of the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo and Lester Castillo, assistant vice president, Nestle Philippines-MILO.
Strict health protocols have to be observed in the case of the elder Lim, who remains bedridden, according to Jamie.
Nurses are on a 24/7 duty at a condo unit where her 58-year-old father, a nine-time PBA champion and five-time All-Star, currently stays.
“He’s OK and he’s stable naman,” said Jamie.
Upon retirement in 1998, Lim, who had survived various injuries to play 12 seasons as a pro, was voted as part of the 25 Greatest Players in PBA history and later, inducted in the league’s Hall of Fame (2009).
The elder Lim was part of the 1989 grand slam unit of San Miguel Beer, the only team he played for in his pro career.
Samboy also won three straight NCAA championships (1983-85) with Letran and was a vital cog in the Northern Consolidated Corp (NCC) national team of the late coach Ron Jacobs.
Jamie meanwhile, is pursuing her own goal of representing the country in the Tokyo Olympics.
A final Olympic qualifier will be held in June next year in Paris.