TOKYO—Right here is where the gold drought ends.
This is the kind of optimism harbored by sports leaders here, emboldened by the credentials sported by a Team Philippines that seeks to produce an Olympic champion—or two—as the Summer Games officially get going on Friday amid a restrictive environment forced by a still-raging pandemic.
But one of the country’s bright gold hopes cautions everyone from thinking that past success is enough to guarantee a gold medal here.
“This is a new game, new tournament, new challenge,” said Nesthy Petecio, a reigning world champion in women’s boxing who had been tagged as a gold source. “We still need to work hard.”
“We can’t bring…