The Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) has named 10 candidates for the Philippine tae kwon do team seeing action in the prestigious 2015 Summer World University Games scheduled on July 3 to 14 in Gwangju, South Korea.
Mapua Institute of Technology standouts Juan Paolo Cipriano (bantamweight), Gabriel Joshua Ancheta (featherweight), Jose Daniel Asuncion (flyweight) and Ranielle Paul Ledesma (welterweight) will comprise the men’s sparring team while Ann Janeth Garcia (bantamweight), Kimmi Dela Rea (lightweight) and Bonna Lyrh Magcalayo (welterweight) made it to the women’s sparring squad.
Joining them are poomsae bets Allysa Elica Daileg, Joah Lou Lopez and George Chua. Ledesma will also be part of the poomsae team in the world meet, which is expected to draw more than 12,000 participants from 170 participating nations all over the world.
“Right now, we are in deep preparations for the World University Games. It’s a world-class tournament and we want to make sure that our athletes are prepared before going to Korea. It’s a good exposure for our athletes,” said Mapua tae kwon do team head coach Noel Almaida during the team presentation. He was accompanied by Mapua lawn tennis coach Antonio Quiza and Physical Education coordinator Rodelio Kalaw.
Besides tae kwon do, the Summer World University Games also features archery, artistic/rhythmic gymnastics, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, diving, fencing, football, golf, handball, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and water polo.
The Philippine Swimming League headed by its president Susan Papa and secretary general Maria Susan Benasa has also formed a swimming team through qualifying series held in different parts of the country.
The Universiade is organized by International University Sports Federation under the motto “Excellence in Mind and Body.” It is a multisporting event for university students aiming to promote education and culture as well as building friendship through sports.
It is the largest sporting event after the Olympics, way better than the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and other regional sporting events.