The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Task Forces has approved the inclusion of four more athletes from muay thai and swimming for the 2013 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) scheduled on December 11 to 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
They are muay thai fighters Jonathan Polosan (men’s 63-kg.), Philip Delarmino (men’s 54-kg.) and Preciosa Ocaya (women’s 51-kg.), and London Olympic Games veteran Jessie Khing Lacuna.
So far, the Philippines has a total number of 203 athletes vying for gold medals in the biennial meet.
The national muay thai team won one gold, three silvers and five bronzes in the 2009 SEAG in Vientiane, Laos with Polosan winning silver and Ocaya grabbing bronze in their respective events.
Muay thai or Thai kickboxing was not played in the 2011 edition held in Palembang, Indonesia.
Lacuna, on the other hand, copped one silver and two bronzes in the 2011 SEA Games. He placed second in the men’s 200-meter freestyle and was part of the bronze medal team in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 4x200m freestyle relay.
Lacuna will join Filipino-Americans Matt Navata and Joshua Hall, and fellow London Olympics veteran Jasmine Alkhaldi in the team.
The swimming team is aiming to improve its two-silver, five-bronze showing in Indonesia, far from its eight-gold, three-silver, seven-bronze in 2007 Thailand Games and four-gold, six-silver, one-bronze in 2009 Laos Games.