Pinoy pole vaulter EJ Obiena has found his official training home in the Philippines.
Obiena got another huge backing from the private sector as he inked a partnership with Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) on Thursday, for a two-year sponsorship deal that will support the athlete’s training.
The Olympian and world number 3 in the sport recently signed a two-year sponsorship deal with Ayala Land, Inc. The conglomerate’s support includes allowing Obiena to use the state-of-the-art Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite as his official training venue when in the Philippines.
Present at the contract-signing were ALI Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, President and CEO Bernard Vincent Dy, and Obiena.
The Filipino already has three gold medal wins in the 2023 season with first-place finishes in the Orlen Copernicus Cup, Perche En Or, and Orlen Cup. He also took silver at the ISTAF Indoor meet at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany.
Earlier, Obiena, who figured in a legal dispute with PATAFA last year, disclosed that his team has yet to get its compensation after more than a year.
In addition, the Ayala company gave Obiena was also given a unit at the CityFlats, an apartment hotel in Makati, so he doesn’t need to worry about lodging.