Seven more Filipino judokas will see action in the 2013 Southeast East Asian Games (SEAG) in December in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
The Philippine Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Task Force has approved the inclusion in the judo team of veteran campaigners Gilbert Ramirez (men’s -73-kilogram), Bryan Quillotes (men’s -60-kg.), Helen Dawa (women’s -48-kg.), Dennis Lloyd Catipon (men’s -66kg), Jenielou Mosqueda (women’s -57kg), Anjo Gumila (men’s -90 kgs) and Filipino-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe (men’s -63kgs) who won gold medals in the 2013 Southeast Asian Judo Championships last month in Myanmar.
They will join early qualifiers Nancy Quillotes and Ruth Dugaduga in the team. Quillotes earned an automatic slot by winning the gold in the women’s 40-45-kg. of the 2011 SEA Games, while Dugaduga won a silver in the women’s 78-kg. of the 2013 Hong Kong International Judo Tournament last March.
The Philippines is looking to surpass its sixth place overall finish in the last edition of the biennial meet.
Judo is one of the sports with bright gold prospects, together with tae kwon do, boxing, wrestling, athletics and wushu.
“Realistically, we’re looking at 25 minimum and 35 maximum number of golds. The Myanmar SEA Games organizing committee has removed some of the events where the Philippines has a strong chance like softball, baseball, tennis,” according to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia.
“But we still have a very good chance of improving our showing this time as our athletes are working hard to put up a good fight. We have a strong lineup this time,” Garcia added.
EMIL C. NOGUERA