The national karatedo team wants to deliver at least two to three gold medals when they see action in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games which will officially begin on December 11 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Veteran campaigner Orencio Delos Santos will be leading the squad in the karatedo competitions which will be held on December 12 to 15 at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.
Delos Santos takes part in the men’s individual kata event. He won a gold medal in the 2nd International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF) World ShotoCup Karate Championships last year.
Other members of the team are Ramon Antonio Franco (kumite 55kg), Jayson Ramil Macaalay (kumite 60kg), Rexor Romaquin (kumite 67kg), Michael Badil (kumite 75kg) and Engene Stoner Dagohoy (kumite 84kg) in the men’s division, and Mae Soriano (kumite 55kg), Princess Diane Sicangco (kumite 61kg) and Joana Mae Ylanan (kumite 68kg).
“We want to contribute to the country’s campaign in the SEA Games. These athletes are no pushovers. They’ll fight for the gold medal and we are hoping to earn two or three golds,” said Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) Secretary-General Ray-mund Lee Reyes.
The karatekas are scheduled to leave for Myanmar on December 8.
The team got one silver and six bronze medals in the 2011 SEA Games held in Palem-bang, Indonesia.
Meanwhile, the men’s and women’s basketball team, boxing team, women’s football team and canoe kayak squad already left for Myanmar on Wednesday. Flag-bearer wrestler Jason Balabal was with the first batch consisting of 22 athletes and 15 officials that already left on Tuesday. The Philippines is sending a 210-man contingent to the biennial meet.