Allain Ganapin worked hand-in-hand with fellow Olympian Kurt Barbosa for the buildup of their respective 2020 Summer Olympics campaigns.
Yes, the two spent months in training in Inspire Sports Academy for the biggest bouts of their life.
“Nung preparing si Kurt sa Olympics, magkasama kami sa Inspire,” bared the 23-year-old Ganapin during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum powered by SMART Sports and has Upstream Media as webcast partner.
After Barbosa left for the Games, Ganapin continued his training with national team head coach Dindo Simpao.
“Nung pumunta na po siya sa Tokyo, nag-stay po muna ako sa bahay ni coach Dindo, dito kami nag-ensayo. More on sparring po kami ngayon,” he continued.
Barbosa was not lucky during the Olympics as he was drawn with world no. 1 Jang Jun in the finweight tournament. The young National University product lost.
Ganapin, on the other hand, will compete in the minus-75kg category of the K44 or athletes with unilateral arm amputation tournament. He will be facing 11 other competitors.
And Ganapin is hoping that he can represent the country well come the Games.
“Expectations ko sa Tokyo, makapag-perform lang ng maayos and ang pinaghahandaan namin ‘yung makapag-perform po.”