The Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) will host the Asian Junior Wrestling Championships from May 31 to June 5 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay City.
“We are very happy that once again we are hosting this kind of Asian event,” WAP President Alvin Aguilar told The Manila Times.
Over 30 countries across the Asian region will participate in the tournament.
Aguilar said there are already 347 wrestlers that have confirmed participation in the five-day meet that features Greco-Roman and Freestyle events.
“If you win in this Asian championship, it felt like you won in the Olympics,” added Aguilar.
Aguilar is keen to make the event better compared to the 2009 edition of the meet that the Philippines also hosted.
“I don’t want to give other countries a bad impression. We made sure that their accommodation, food, etc. is handled very well,” he said.
Aguilar said that they are yet to determine who will represent the country in the tournament.
“We will see who can qualify. But definitely, I will enter about nine players. This is a great opportunity for our athletes to shine,” Aguilar added.
United World of Wrestling, the world governing body of the sport, sanctions the event.
Recently, the country’s national junior wrestling team bagged a total of 14 medals in the 9th Southeast Asian Junior and Cadets Wrestling Championship in Sukhothai, Thailand.