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 begin 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 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 55-kg.), Jayson Ramil Macaalay (kumite 60-kg.), Rexor Romaquin (kumite 67-kg.), Michael Badil (kumite 75-kg.) and Engene Stoner Dagohoy (kumite 84-kg.) in the men’s division, and Mae Soriano (kumite 55-kg.), Princess Diane Sicangco (kumite 61-kg.) and Joana Mae Ylanan (kumite 68-kg.).
“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 Raymund Lee Reyes.
The karatekas are to leave for Myanmar on December 8.
The team brought home one silver and six bronze medals in the 2011 SEA Games held in Palembang, Indonesia.
EMIL C. NOGUERA