The Philippine Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) Task Force has approved the inclusion of seven more judokas for the 2013 SEA Games scheduled on December 11 to 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
They are veteran campaigners Gilbert Ramirez (men’s 73kilogram), Bryan Quillotes (men’s 60kg), Helen Dawa (women’s 48kg), Dennis Lloyd Catipon (men’s 66kg), Jenielou Mosqueda (women’s 57kg), Anjo Gumila (men’s 90kgs) and Filipino-Japanese Kiyomi Watanabe (men’s 63kg) who won gold medals in their respective weight classes in the 2013 Southeast Asian Judo Championships held last month in Myanmar.
They will join early qualifiers Nancy Quillotes and Ruth Dugaduga in the delegation. Nancy earned an automatic slot by virtue of her gold medal in the women’s 40-45-kg. of the 2011 SEA Games while Dugaduga won a silver in the women’s 78kg. of the 2013 Hong Kong International Judo Tournament held on March.
The Philippines is looking to surpass its sixth place overall finish in the last edition of the biennial meet with judo as one of the possible gold mines along with tae kwon do, boxing, wrestling athletics and wushu.
“Realistically, we’re looking at 25 minimum and 35 maximum number of golds. The Myanmar SEA Games organizing committee has removed some of the events where the Philippines has a strong chance like softball, baseball, tennis,” according to Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Ricardo Garcia.
“But we still have a very good chance of improving our showing this time as our athletes are working hard to put up a good fight. We have a strong lineup this time,” he added.