Four more athletes from muay and swimming will join the Philippine delegation to the SEA Games in December in Myanmar.
The inclusion of muay artists Jonathan Polosan (men’s 63-kg.), Philip Delarmino (men’s 54-kg.) and Preciosa Ocaya (women’s 51-kg.), and London Olympic Games veteran Jessie Khing Lacuna was approved by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Task Forces.
So far, the delegation is made up of 203 athletes.
The national muay team won one gold, three silvers and five bronzes in the 2009 SEA Games in Vientiane, Laos, with Polosan winning silver and Ocaya grabbing bronze.
Muay was not played in the 2011 Games in Palembang, Indonesia.
Lacuna won a silver and two bronzes in the 2011 SEA Games. He placed second in the men’s 200-meter freestyle and was part of the bronze medal team in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x200m freestyle relay.
Lacuna will join Filipino-Americans Matt Navata and Joshua Hall, and fellow London Olympics veteran Jasmine Alkhaldi in the team.
The swimming team is aiming to improve its two-silver, five-bronze showing in Indonesia, far from its eight-gold, three-silver, seven-bronze in 2007 Thailand Games and four-gold, six-silver, one-bronze in 2009 Laos Games.
EMIL C. NOGUERA