By Dan Palmer
The Palau National Olympic Committee (POC) has announced the recipients of its Tokyo 2020 scholarships.
Seven athletes have been selected from sports the Pacific nation is targeting at the Games in the Japanese capital.
They are all now set to receive $5,000 (£3,600/€4,100) per year until Tokyo 2020 to help pay for competition and travel costs as they bid to qualify.
In addition, they will all be given $525 (£385/$435) a month to help pay for training.
The money has come through the International Olympic Committee’s Tokyo 2020 programme.
Wrestlers Blesam Tarkong, Florian Temengil and Christian Nicolesau are among the athletes involved, as well as swimmers Osisang Chilton and Noel Keane.
Judo’s Keiza Tulop has also been selected alongside track and field competitor Quinn Uehara.
All of the athletes, together with their coaches and National Sports Federations, met with the POC to review their scholarship contracts.
They also accepted their commitment to prepare and train for hopeful Tokyo 2020 qualification.
Palau has competed at every Summer Olympic Games since Sydney 2000.
At Rio 2016, the country sent five athletes to take part in four sports.
The number included freestyle wrestler Temengil, who lost in the round-of-16 to Hungarian Daniel Ligeti in the under-125 kilograms class.
He was able to compete at the Games after being offered a place through the Tripartite Commission.
Athlete Rodman Teltull ran in the men’s 100 metres, winning his heat in a time of 10.53sec.
He was then eliminated at the quarter-final stage after coming eighth and last in 10.64.
In canoe sprint, Marina Toribiong made the quarter-finals of the women’s K1 200m after a sixth place finish in her heat, in 48.913, was enough to take her through.
Despite going quicker in the semis, registering 48.306, this was not enough to advance any further in the competition.
In swimming, Palau were represented by Shawn Dingilius-Wallace and Dirngulbai Misech in men’s and women’s 50m freestyle respectively, but neither did enough to advance beyond the heats. [/restrict]