Tabal seeks Patafa endorsement, sends formal request for reinstatement to national team
Mary Joy Tabal has formally asked Patafa for her reinstatement to the national team. Jerome Ascano

MARY Joy Tabal has formally requested reinstatement from the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) after making the qualifying standard in the women’s marathon for the Rio De Janeiro Olympics.

Tabal recently shattered the Olympic standard in a Canada race that allowed her to qualify for the Rio Games. But Patafa is not yet inclined on giving her the needed endorsement to compete in Rio as she has resigned from the national squad.

But Tabal has asked to be reinstated via a letter to Patafa president Philip Ella Juico, where she also explained the reason behind her resignation.

Tabal said she resigned because she took an opportunity to train in Japan in her bid to qualify for the Olympics, which turned out to be successful after clocking two hours, 43 minutes, and 31 seconds in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon in Canada. Her time was well under the Olympic standard of 2:45:00.

"Leaving the PHL team was a bold move on my part and if it slighted you in any way, I would like to assure you that I meant no disrespect. I still hold the Patafa—the officials led by you and the people behind it—in high regard," Tabal wrote.

"Again, leaving was not a sign of disrespect. At that time, I just felt that I wanted to pave my own path as far as my running career is concerned,” she added.

Tabal also cleared the air in the letter that she didn’t put Patafa in a bad light on media interviews or social media.

"I am humbly appealing to the Patafa and the board of directors to acknowledge my achievement in making the Olympic grade and accept me back into the Patafa fold. This isn’t only my achievement, but for all Filipinos, and most importantly, the track and field community," Tabal said.

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