OLYMPIC pole vaulter Ernest John “EJ” Obiena has undergone successful knee surgery and expressed his excitement to compete for flag and country once again at the end of the month.
On Wednesday night, Jan. 12, 2021, the Filipino Olympian shared on social media that he went through minor surgery to clean his meniscus and remove the screw that was placed during his ACL reconstruction five years ago.
“Down but not out. Surgery was successful. They have cleaned the meniscus and have removed the screw on my knee from the ACL reconstruction back in 2017 as the bone graft has fully solidified,” said the 26-year-old athlete.
Obiena added that he’s on track to return to action at the Init Indoor Meeting in Germany on Jan. 28.
“It shouldn’t affect my recovery and we’re still on and aiming for 28th of January competition. My most immediate task is to get healthy and get back on track so that I can compete again for the country. Everything else is priority number 2. Time for work to be done!” Obiena shared.
Obiena also said thanks to Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez, who approved his request for funds to pay for his surgery despite not having completed his liquidation process yet.
“Thank you very much to everyone who helped and supported me to make this surgery possible as early as yesterday. I am also thankful for Chairman Butch Ramirez announcing yesterday that funds for my surgery is available. I may be able to use this money once available to me to reimburse the advances of good samaritans,” he said.