Over 220 archers across the country will be vying honors in the 3rd Philippine Archery Cup Luzon leg today at the Athletic Bowl in Kisad Road in Baguio City.
“We are happy in World Archery Philippines that the sport continues to expand its network. More and more Filipinos are starting to play archery,” World Archery Philippines Secretary General Rosendo Sombrio told The Manila Times in an interview.
Sombrio said the number of registered participants for the three-day event is the biggest yet for an archery competition in the country.
“These archers came from different provinces from Luzon to Mindanao. Some of them were winners from the first two leg who wants to secure slot for the National finals,” he added.
The Luzon leg is a prelude to the National Archery Cup finals, which is set in January next year.
Among the categories featured for this leg are cadet, junior and senior cadet, and master’s events.
Top three finishers of every category will moved into the finals, provided they have won at least in one of the two previous legs.
The frontrunners are Karylle Hongitan for women’s recurve and Florante Mata for men’s recurve while Earl Yap and Jennifer Chan leads the race in compound men and women’s events, respectively.
This year, the organizers also included events for disabled persons to create a pool that would represent the country in future paralytic tournaments.
“We value them that is why we have decided to include para events in our competition. It’s our way to scout players which will represent us in the future like in Olympics,” said Sombrio.
Sombrio also mentioned that there are significant number of young players who joined the tournament.
“We are delighted to see that there are many young archers who joined. It indicates their passion and willingness to excel in the sport.”
“These archers always wanting to play against senior or national team players because it gives them added inspiration to become world champions,” Sombrio explained.
Sombrio said he would not be surprised if there will be a lot of new faces in the national team who will came from the developmental tournament.
These players according to the former national coach will don the national colors in the upcoming 2017 and 2019 Southeast Asian Games, 2018 Asian Games and 2020 Olympics.