Kim Remolino 'overwhelmed' by outflow of help following tragic fire

Kim Remolino is rebuilding after his house was burned down last month.
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--This year may not be among the kindest for triathlete Kim Remolino.

Aside from the COVID-19 pandemic already stifling everyone's daily living, Remolino had to endure seeing his home in Talisay City engulfed in flames last month.

"Wala po akong masyadong equipment na nagagamit ngayon kasi po yung lumang equipment ay nadamay doon sa sunog," he relayed his situation in training right now during the online Usapang Sports forum by the Tabloid Organization in Philippine Sports on Thursday.

The Southeast Asian Games silver medalist only retrieved the medal that he won as part of a 1-2 finish with teammate John Chicano.

But as the days went on, help came in the way for Remolino.

The Philippine Olympic Committee was among the first to extend a helping hand, pledging a total of PHP100,000, half from the agency's budget and the other half coming straight from President Bambol Tolentino's own pocket.

Sports patron Jeremy Go of Go for Gold even opened up an auction to raise funds for Remolino.

Fast forward to the present, the 20-year-old triathlete remains in awe on the continuous help he is getting.

"Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm po kasi sobrang dami po ng tumulong," added Remolino, who is currently staying with his grandmother still in Talisay.

Right now, his focus is on training for future competitions, particularly the Olympic qualifiers and the Southeast Asian Games, both happening next year.

In fact, he was given clearance from Talisay's city government to do some long distance running amid the pandemic.

Remolino is also waiting for his new bike that will be shipped straight to his current abode by his sponsors.

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