Out boxer Nesthy Petecio, who
represents the Philippines, dedicated the silver medal she won at the
Tokyo Summer Olympics to the LGBTQ community.
Petecio won a silver medal in the
inaugural women's featherweight boxing competition on Thursday
(August 4). Sena Irie of Japan came in first.
ESPN quoted Petecio, 29, as saying,
“This win is for the LGBTQ community. Let's go, fight!”
"I was worried because I thought
about getting bashed or something like that,” she later explained.
“That's why my statements were kind of limited. I didn't want to
step on anybody's toes. But I am very proud to be part of the LGBTQ
community. I'm not going to deny that.”
"Whatever gender we may identify
ourselves as, as long as we have a dream, we have to keep fighting
and set aside those who try to doubt us or pull us down,” she
Petecio is planning to compete in the
2024 Olympics in Paris.