The Philippine sepak takraw team bagged one silver and a bronze in the recent 2017 French Sepak Takraw Open held over the weekend in Schiltigheim, France.
The men’s regu team composed of John Carlo Lee, John John Bobier, Emmanuel Escote and Regie Pabriga settled for the silver medal after losing to powerhouse Thailand in the finals. China took the bronze.
The PH ladies regu team, meanwhile, finished third behind gold-medal winner Thailand and China, which settled for silver.
Bannering the ladies team were Kristel Carloman, Mary Ann Lopez, Rizzalyn Amolacion, Jean Marie Sucalit and Lhaina Lhiell Mangubat.
The tournament was part of the team’s build up for the coming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next month in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Philippine Amateur Sepak Takraw Association (PASTA) president Karen Tanchanco-Caballero said the competition gave the team good exposure.
“This campaign was intended as pre-SEA games supplementary exposure game to help SEA Games-bound athletes get better competition confidence, especially the ladies team, which has new members and needs more exposure,” Tanchanco-Caballero told The Manila Times on Tuesday.
Tanchanco-Caballero, who was also the head of the delegation, added that she was pleased with the medal haul considering the team started late in its preparation due to visa requirements.
The top PASTA official pointed out that the last time they sent a ladies team to the SEA Games was in Palembang in 2011.
Tanchanco-Caballero is confident that the national squad will win medals during the August 19 to 30 biennial meet.