Asian Games skateboarding champion selected for Forbes list

Carlos Yulo (left) and Asian Games skateboarding champion Margie Didal. © ABS-CBN
Carlos Yulo (left) and Asian Games skateboarding champion Margie Didal. © ABS-CBN

Manila, Philippines, April 3, 2020: Asian Games skateboarding champion Margielyn Didal of the Philippines and fellow countryman Carlos Yulo have been named in the Forbes 2020 “30 Under 30 Asia” list for Sport and Entertainment.

The fifth annual Forbes list presents 300 talented change-makers under 30 years old across 10 categories including Entertainment and Sport, reports ABS-CBN News in Manila.

Forbes touted its Class of 2020 as "bright and innovative leaders who are ready and equipped to adapt to whatever the future may hold."

Didal, 20, won the skateboarding street gold medal at the 18th Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia, in 2018. She is widely credited for putting the Philippines on the world map when it comes to skateboarding and is on track to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.

Yulo, meanwhile, is one of four Filipino athletes who have already qualified for the Tokyo Games. The 20-year-old gymnast made history by winning the gold medal in the men’s floor exercise at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany last year. 

Rana Wehbe, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Editor, said: “This year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list-makers inspire optimism in what is promising to be a tough year ahead. They are a resilient and energetic bunch who are facing challenges head-on and actively working for a future that matches their aspirations.”

The 2020 list features a diverse set of 30 Under 30 honorees, with 22 countries and territories represented across the Asia-Pacific region. They were selected from over 3,500 nominations.

India leads the region with the highest number of honorees of 69 on this year’s list, followed by China with 41. Japan came in third with 31 while South Korea took the fourth place with 25. Australia, Indonesia and Singapore are tied in fifth place with 22 each.

For the complete Forbes 2020 30 Under 30 Asia package, visit 30 Under 30 Asia 2020