Filipino skaters Mark Feliciano and Kenneth King Evangelista will join the inaugural Asian Skateboarding Championship in Shanghai, China on Sunday.
The first Asian continental tournament sanctioned by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) will be held at the Xin Jiangwan SMP Skatepark, which is one of the biggest skateparks in the world.
The two Filipinos are hoping to get some points that will boost their chances of qualifying in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where skateboarding will be introduced.
Monty Mendigoria, president of Xtreme and Action Sports Association, said Feliciano and Evangelista have a good chance in the Asian Championship, a tournament aimed at providing a platform for athletes to qualify for future international tournaments.
According to the Asian Skateboarding Championship organizer Millennial Events, the tournament has attracted the best talents in the continent. Among those who already confirmed their participation were Indonesian Sanggoe Tanjung, third placer in last year’s World Extreme Games; Japanese Aori Nishimura, the youngest competitor in the Street League Super Crown Women’s World Championship; and Chinese Li Zhixing, a veteran of the KIA World Extreme Games.
The Asian Skateboarding Championship will also serve as exposure for the Filipino athletes who will compete in the 2018 Asian Games.
Meanwhile, Cebuana Margielyn Didal, another talented skateboarder, failed to join the Shanghai trip due to injury.
Mendigoria said the Asian Skateboarding Federation described Didal as a world-class athlete capable of winning the gold medal contender in the Asian Games.
Didal was given a one-year scholarship at Woodward Camp in the United States for her exceptional skill, Medrigoria added.