Tributes paid to Philippine table tennis player Ian Lariba

Rio 2016 Olympian Lariba, 23, died from acute myeloid leukaemia on Sunday.

Philippine table tennis champion Ian Lariba has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 23.

Lariba, known commonly as 'YanYan', became her country's first table tennis Olympian at Rio 2016 and carried the flag at the Opening Ceremony.

Just days before the World Championships in May 2017, Lariba was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia.

Players in Dusseldorf gave their support and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) helped raise money for her treatment.

In August, Lariba returned to hospital after suffering a setback and passed away on Sunday.

Lariba was the outstanding Filipina player of her generation, going unbeaten in singles matches throughout her five-year collegiate career at De La Salle University (DLSU).

She was named University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Athlete of the Year twice, and led DLSU to three championships.

Her alma mater was quick to pay their respects to their table tennis star.

Further tributes have followed from the Philippines and the table tennis world.

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