World Archery Philippines (WAP) Secretary-General Rosendo Sombrio said that the three-leg Philippine Archery Cup in Koronadal City, Dumaguete City, and Baguio City would serve as qualifying meet for archers who aspire to join the national team.
“We will reveal maybe 80 percent of the team. We cannot announce or disclose all yet because they might become complacent coming into the Southeast Asian Games or any international events,” Sombrio told The Manila Times in an interview on Wednesday.
WAP will conduct a final evaluation on December 18 at the FR Sevilla Archery Range in Novaliches, Quezon City.
Sombrio said that Filipino archers are gearing up for big international competitions next year that include the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia as well as the upcoming Southeast Asian Archery Championships on January 19 to 24 in Myanmar.
“The coming 2017 will be a very busy year for us. So we must really field in best players that will give honor to our country,” he added.
Sombrio said that archers must work really hard to qualify.
“If they want the slots, they should really work for it,” he said.
WAP will choose four players each for the men’s and women’s recurve and compound plus four more for the developmental pool.
“Just in case we experience problem with our mainstays, there will be a group where we can get substitute players from. As far as the training is concern, the developmental pool must also make their way up to the national team,” Sombrio said.
After the Myanmar tournament, the Philippine team will prepare for the Asian Cup in Thailand in March, and the World Cup in China in May. Sombrio added that there would also be tournaments in Turkey and Utah in June.