The Philippine contingent for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore is ready, according to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia.
A total of 472 Filipino athletes, who have been training as early as February, will be competing in various events in the biennial regional sports tournament.
“I’m sure that our athletes prepared hard for the SEA Games. I’m sure that because of their preparations, we will not be disappointed,” Garcia told The Manila Times.
He stressed that for the past months, the training of the athletes was centered on strength and conditioning with additional attention given to their nutrition.
“We reviewed the past games, and nakita namin na parang kinakapos yung mga atleta natin. We studied that and we concluded that it’s about their strength and conditioning plus nutrition.”
Garcia added that he does not have an estimate of the number of medals that Philippine athletes might bring home, “Basta ibigay lang ng mga atleta natin ang kaya nila, the medals will just follow,” he said.
Garcia admitted that he believes that the athletics and contact sports bets will shine in the event.
“We have a very good contingent in athletics. We also have a very good athletes in tae kwon do, boxing and other combat sports,” he added.
Parantac leads PH wushu team
Veteran wushu competitor Daniel Parantac will lead the country’s 12-man wushu team under head coach Samson Co in SEA Games.
“We will do our best to surpass our achievement in the 2013 SEA Games in Myanmar,” Parantac, 24, told The Manila Times during a phone interview. “It is a tough assignment but I’m confident we can do it”
Parantac will compete in the men’s freestyle taijijian, taijiquan and men’s duilian events.
Philippine wushu bets won three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals in the Myanmar edition of the meet.
Besides Parantac, the other wushu bets are John Keithley Chan (men’s freestyle changquan and men’s duilian), Norlence Ardee Catolico (men’s freestyle changquan, daoshu, gunshu, men’s duilian), Alieson Ken Omengan (men’s duilian), Thornton Quieney Lou Sayan (men’s duilian, nanquan), Spencer Bahod (men’s duilian), Kariza Kris Chan (women’s duilian), Natasha Laxamana (women’s duilian) Agatha Chrystenzen Wong (taijiquan) and Dave Degala (men’s freestyle gunshu, daoshu).
The men’s sanda team members are 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Francisco Solis (60kg men’s category) and Clemente Tagubara (65kg men’s category).