The national wushu team will be gunning for the country’s first medal in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Four gold medals—men’s taolu duilian [forms doubles event]and changquan [long fist], and women’s taolu nanquan [forms, southern boxing] and jianshu [swordsmanship]—are up for grabs in the opening day of the wushu competitions scheduled on Saturday at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium.
The tournament begins at 9 a.m. with the taolu events while the sanshou or contact fighting (women’s 48 kg and men’s 48 kg) events commence at 3 p.m.
Veteran campaigners Daniel Parantac, Jessie Aligaga, Dembert Arcita, Francisco Solis, Divine Wally, Evita Elise Zamora, John Keithley Chan, Natasha Enriquez, Kariza Kris Chan and Norlence Catolico are expected to deliver medals.
The wrestling event, on the other hand, starts on December 9 at the Myanmar National Indoor Stadium with five golds—men’s 55 kg, 60 kg and 66 kg and women’s 63 kg and 67 kg—are at stake in Day One.
Reigning champions Jason Balabal and Margarito Angana Jr. spearhead the country’s bid in wrestling along with Joseph Angana, Alvin Lobrequito, Johnny Morte and Noel Norada.
Athletes from badminton, billiards, mountain bike, rowing, shooting and karatedo comprise the second bulk leaving for Myanmar.
The badminton team will depart today (Friday) while the billiards, mountain bike, rowing and shooting squads are scheduled on Saturday followed by the karatedo team on Sunday.
The third wave of the Myanmar-bound athletes from chess, golf, archery and weightlifting will be on December 9, equestrian and tae kwon do on December 12, judo and cycling-BMX on December 14, table tennis on December 16, and sepak takraw on December 17.
The wrestling, wushu, sailing basketball, boxing, women’s football, canoe kayak and pencak silat teams are already in Myanmar.