The country’s top archers will compete in the Luzon leg of the 2016 Philippine Archery Cup set on November 18 to 20 at the Athletic Bowl in Kisad Road, Baguio City.
Over 220 archers are expected to battle for coveted slots for the national finals in January next year.
“This tournament is now the biggest archery competition in the history of Philippine archery,” World Archery Philippines (WAP) Secretary General Rosendo Sombrio told The Manila Times on Friday.
Sombrio said the top three finishers of every category would automatically earn spots to the national finals, provided they have won at least in one of the two previous legs. Among the featured categories are cadet, junior and senior cadet, masters, and para events.
After the second leg, the frontrunners are Karylle Hongitan (women’s recurve), Florante Mata (men’s recurve), Earl Yap (compound men’s) and Jennifer Chan (compound women’s).
“We have decided to involve them in our Cup. It’s a good way for us to scout players which will represent us in the future like in Olympics,” said Sombrio.
“This tournament will also include grassroots players going to the elite. We are happy that at their young age, they start to be more active in the sports. The young ones were in high spirits every time they play against senior or national team players and that gives them inspiration and willingness to join our tournaments,” he added.
Sombrio expects 50 percent of the new members of the national team will be coming from the developmental tournament. He said that WAP aims to discover new archers for the 2017 and 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the 2018 Asian Games and 2020 Olympics.
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