Blood donation for Ian Lariba continues as Olympian undergoes more tests
Ian Lariba was in the middle of preparations for the World Tennis Championship when she complained of dizziness and was brought to a hospital. Jerome Ascano

DOCTORS are still trying to determine the medical condition of Olympic table tennis player Ian Lariba, who is currently confined at St. Lukes Hospital undergoing tests.

La Salle athletic director Nongnong Calanog said there is still no official prognosis on the condition of Lariba in the midst of calls for blood donations on social media in her behalf.

“We are still awaiting the official diagnosis of the doctors attending to her. Once we get it, we will make the proper announcement,” said Calanog.

“In the meantime, donations of Type O blood for Yan is still ongoing,” Calanog said.

Lariba’s medical situation came months after she became the first-ever Filipina to qualify for the table tennis competitions of the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro last year.

Philippine Table Tennis Federation president Ting Ledesma said Lariba was in the middle of training for the World Table Tennis Championship in Germany this year when she experienced dizziness.

“Walang nangyari. Nagte-training siya, nahihilo siya. We are preparing for the World Table Tennis Championship. Dapat alis nila nung Saturday. Umalis na ‘yung teammate niya, siya pinag-stay kasi sobra nahihilo siya.

“Tapos nagpa-blood test siya, sinabi ng doctor, kailangan siyang i-confine sa ospital,” said Ledesma.

Initially, Ledesma said Lariba was taken to the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital but was later transferred to St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City.

The table tennis chief also said he doesn’t know the prognosis of Lariba’s condition as it is La Salle which will make the official announcement.

“Nasa laboratory tests pa ‘yung mga blood niya. So far, hindi pa siya ma-confirm eh. Kaya hindi namin ma-announce,” said Ledesma.

Ledesma said Lariba will definitely miss the World Table Tennis Championship, with the possibility that she will also not compete in the Southeast Asian Games.

“Dapat nandun na siya sa Germany for the World Table Tennis Championship na preparation for the SEA Games. I think ang sabi ng mother niya, she needs rest. Baka SEA Games, hindi na siya makasali. Kung ano sasabihin ng mother niya, ‘yun ang masusunod,” said Ledesma.


Ledesma said the table tennis community is hoping for the speedy recovery of arguably the face of the sport in the country.

“Nalulungkot kami. Kaya wala kaming tigil sa social media na humingi ng dugo,” said Ledesma.

[For Type O blood donations, proceed to the St. Luke’s Medical Center Quezon City Blood Bank and mention that the donation is for Lariba. The blood bank is open 24 hours a day.]

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