Forty-nine Filipino karatekas will be vying for honors in the 2015 Karatedo Thailand Open Championships beginning today at the Huamark Indoor Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Incheon Asian Games bronze medalist Mae Soriano and Myanmar Southeast Asian Games bronze winner Joanna Ylanan along with national mainstays Michael Badil, John Paul Bejar, OJ Delos Santos, Vryan Fontillas, Alexander Lay, Jayson Macaalay, Rexor Romaquin and John Enrico Vasquez will spearhead the country’s campaign in the four-day meet.
“We are looking forward to a successful campaign in this tournament. It’s a good venue to hone their skills as we are expecting our Southeast Asian counterparts to participate here,” said Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) Secretary General Raymund Lee Reyes.
Joining team are Gilbert Arellano, John Claveria, Narayana Mesina, Alexis Nunez, Jude Uson, Cris Kawaen, Jabaes Favilla, Emil Garcia, Randy Padua, Marie Aguilar, Marc Barrientos and Ian Ferraris.
The other members of the team are Kristien Apaga, Rita Cuadra, Chloe Limson, Charles Rodriguez, Cherry Rodriguez, Jan Balungaya, Charles Bonagua, Ivanna Cablao, China Fontillas, Roi Lao and Czarina Napa.
The Philippines will be participating in the cadet/junior (kumite/kata), 10-11 and 12-13 (kumite and kata), seniors individual (kata and kumite), juniors and seniors team (kumite and kata) events.
More than 800 athletes from 30 countries have confirmed participation including Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and England.
Also seeing action are Vietnam, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, India, France, Singapore, Turkey, Iran, Myanmar, Kuwait, Cambodia, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bangladesh, Lao, Syria, Sri Lanka, Georgia and Algeria.