Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba passes away at 23 | Inquirer Sports

Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba passes away at 23

By: - Reporter / @BLozadaINQ
/ 01:50 AM September 03, 2018

Ian Lariba during the 2017 Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Filipino Olympian Ian Lariba has passed away after a long bout with leukemia. She was 23.

The Philippine Sports Commission expressed its condolences on its official Twitter account late Sunday night. Several De La Salle-based publications have also reported Lariba’s death past midnight.


Lariba, known fondly as “Yanyan,” made a name for herself as one of La Salle’s greatest athletes, winning three UAAP MVPs in the table tennis competition and two Athlete of the Year awards.

In 2016, Lariba was chosen as the Philippines’ flag-bearer in the Rio Olympic Games after earning the spot for the Olympiad in a qualification tournament in Hong Kong.

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