Senior at the previous organization of the Southeast Asian Games, the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, is now considering the idea of bringing the formula for success to the Asian Games.
That debut, Tolentino said the local Olympic body submitted to the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee a list of 46 sports in which athletes from the Philippines team would compete for medals.
“We based the list on our efforts to surpass our last achievement of four gold medals because we got so much better at the SEA Games,” said Tolentino.
The representative from the eighth district of Cavite included weightlifting, skateboarding, golf and combat sports, boxing, judo, taekwondo, pencak silat and wushu, all of which presented medals at the 2018 edition of the 45 nations meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.
The list also includes water sports, archery, track and field, baseball, softball, men’s basketball, men’s 3 × 3 basketball, canoeing, mountain biking and BMX cycling. , breakdance, dragon boat, horseback riding, fencing, soccer, gymnastics, jiujitsu, kurash, karate, bridge and chess.
“Many of our SEA Games medalists are capable of delivering at the Asian level,” said Tolentino, one of the architects of the country’s overall title at the 2019 SEA Games.
“It is high time for Filipino athletes to perform better at the Asian Games after dominating the SEA Games twice,” added Tolentino.
The 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, which has 61 sports scheduled, are scheduled for September 10-25 next year.
“We started working on the Asian Games because next year is an election year, so it’s a year of transition for the PSC (Philippine Sports Commission),” said the Philippines team chef de mission. , Dr. Jose Raul Canlas, who was appointed by Tolentino.
Modern pentathlon, esports, rowing, men’s rugby, xianggi, volleyball, beach volleyball and wrestling, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, sport climbing, squash, tennis and triathlon completed the list.
“I’m coordinating with President (PSC) William Ramirez on how we’re going to manage the budget now,” Canlas said.
Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, skateboarder Margielyn Didal and golfer Yuka Saso won individual gold medals in Jakarta while Saso won her second gold alongside Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go in the women’s team .
Boxer Rogen Lagon and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe each pocketed a silver medal in addition to 15 bronze medals thanks to pencak silat (four), taekwondo (three), boxing (two), wushu (two) and one each from cycling, jiu-jitsu, karate and golf.
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