Visa woes sidelines Obiena from Doha pole vault tourney
MANILA, Philippines — Olympic-bound Filipino pole-vaulter EJ Obiena will be skipping the Doha leg of the Diamond League due to visa problems.
“I will not be doing Doha because of visa and passport problems,” said the 24-year-old Obiena a day after posting his personal season best 5.80 meters and claiming a bronze medal in the Rome leg of the Diamond League.
With the help of Philippine athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and the Philippine Sports Commission, Obiena is currently fixing the issue with hopes of keeping him in Formia, Italy where he is training under world renowned Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov.
But they may not be able to fix it in time for next week’s Doha tilt.
Obiena nonetheless remained focused on eclipsing his best and current national record of 5.81m