A 57-man squad of the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled-National Paralympic Committee of the Philippines (Philspada-NPCP) will see action in the seventh Asean Para Games on January 11 to 21 in Nay-pyitaw, Myanmar.
Philspada Chief of Mission Gerardo Rosario said the Philippine team aims to surpass its performance in the 2011 Asean Para Games in Solo, Indonesia, where the country finished fifth by winning 24 gold, 27 silver and 28 bronze medals.
“We will try our best to break the last medal output or match it,” said Rosario. The country will compete in athletics, swimming, table tennis, chess, powerlifting, archery, and wheelchair basketball.
“I’m very hopeful our athletes will excel in this competition because all of them are very determined to give their best for the country. We are known all over the world as a people that rise against the odds,” said Rosario during the delegation’s send-off party at the Philsports Arena Fencing Hall on Wednesday.
Mike Barredo, the current chairman and the founding president of Philspada, thanked the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) for supporting the delegation financially.
The PSC, under Chairman Richie Garcia, has earmarked at least P8 million for the training, equipment and participation of the Philippine Paralympic team in the meet.