It’s all systems go for Team Philippines seeing action in the prestigious 2015 World University Games scheduled on July 3 to 14 in Gwangju, South Korea.
The Philippine Swimming League (PSL) will be sending the most number of athletes with 50 blessed tankers led by World University Games veteran Loren Dale Echavez of Cebu City.
“In few days will be one of the biggest youth games. As you watch the young athletes these will encourage college students to join sports club in school and varsity teams as this will fulfill your dreams and have confidence in yourself in a second largest competition in the world and raising the Philippine flag,” said PSL President Susan Papa.
The Philippines will also participate in tae kwon do (10), badminton (8), athletics (7), table tennis (7), tennis (7), golf (4) and judo (2).
“I don’t expect our swimmers to win for now, but I expect them to use this exposure to become a better person. I am also expecting that you will bring home the good memories and share it to your fellow young swimmers,” stressed Papa.
No less than former Sen. Nikki Coseteng will serve as the country’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies slated on July 3 at the Gwanju Universiade Main Stadium while Sen. Antonio Trillianes III will be the delegation head.
“Enjoy and have fun, make friendship and build camaraderie with other participating countries, and tell them that it is also fun to visit the Philippines,” said Federation School of Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) President David Ong during the send-off party held at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila.
The county’s participation in the biennial meet is supported by the Commission in Higher Education.
The World University Games also known as the Universiade is the second largest multi-sporting event in the world – next to the Olympic Games.
Olympic champion Michael Phelps and Matt Biondi competed in the previous editions of the Universiade along with American basketball stars Larry Bird and Charles Barkley and trackster Michael Johnson.