Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia | Inquirer Sports

Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia

/ 12:23 PM May 30, 2017
Ian Lariba

Philippines’ Ian Lariba hits a shot in her women’s singles qualification round table tennis match at the Riocentro venue during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 6, 2016. AFP FILE PHOTO

Rio Olympian Ian Lariba has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), her family disclosed Tuesday.

In a statement released by DLSU Sports, Lariba’s family shared that the 22-year-old Lasallian paddler will undergo treatment this week after seeking blood donors to help her cause late since last week.


“We request the Lasallian community to extend assistance and support to Yan Yan during this time,” the statement read.

The school also urged the community to extend financial assistance to Lariba’s family during their time of need.

She dominated the UAAP table tennis field in her five-year stint for the Green Paddlers where she became a three-time Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year in Season 74, and the UAAP Athlete of the Year in Seasons 77 and 78.

Lariba earned a ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics, becoming the Philippines’ first table tennis representative to the quadrennial meet.

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