Late last night, Filipina Olympian Ian Lariba passed away after a battle with leukemia. She was 23 years old. The Philippine Sports Commission broke the news on Twitter and offered their condolences to her family.
Our deepest condolences to the family of Olympian and Table Tennis national athlete Yanyan Lariba (@supersaiYAAAN) who passed away tonight after a brave fight against cancer.
According to ABS-CBN News, Ian has been battling leukemia since last year. She completed a five-day chemotherapy protocol and recently underwent an MRI for her brain and spine. She was admitted in St. Luke’s Medical Center, BGC after suffering a relapse.
Our deepest condolences to Ian’s family. May her legacy in sports, albeit short-lived, be an inspiration to other athletes.