Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association (PASTA) Secretary-General Karen Caballero said that she is hoping that PASTA would get an increased funding from the government after their recent success in international meets.
“We are very hopeful that the best is yet to come after this campaign,” said Caballero on Tuesday during the weekly Philippine Sports-writers Association forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“With the leadership of Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Butch Ramirez, we are very hopeful [we will have a better funding],” she added.
The Philippine Sepak Takraw team has recently defeated Myanmar, 12-21, 21-17, 21-17, in the finals of the 31st King’s Cup World Sepak Takraw Championships last October 21 in Bangkok, Thailand, to emerged as champion.
It was the come-from-behind performances of Jason Huerte, Rheyjey Ortouste and Mark Gonzales, that gave the Philippines its first ever World title in the sport dominated by Thais.
The Philippines also bested World No. 1 Thailand in the King’s Cup semifinals, 15-21, 22-20, 21-19.
The Filipinos also won one silver and one bronze medal in the men and women Hoop Takraw categories, respectively.
“We want the recognition we received from international communities, is the same recognition we get in our home soil,” Caballero said.
Caballero added that they are currently preparing for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, the 2017 King’s Cup and the 2018 Asian Games.