A six-man national contingent leaves on Thursday next week to carry the country’s flag in the First Association of National Olympics Committees (ANOC) Beach Games on October 11 to 16 in Doha, Qatar.
Headed by Triathlon Association of the Philippines President Tom Carrasco as chef de mission, the delegation is made up of aquathlete Claire Adorna and skateboarding ace Francisco Jericho.
Adorna, 2015 SEA Games gold medalist, will be accompanied by her coach Ani Karina de Leon, and Jericho by his mentor Francisco Jeremiah. Also joining the Qatar trip is technical performer Men “Monty” Montecristo.
The Qatar sojourn is part of the duo’s preparations for the coming 30th Games to be hosted by the country on November 30 to December 11.
Jericho and his coach are both US-based.
Meanwhile, the first of a series of test events en route to the SEA Games has started Thursday with the opening of a four-team, three-day Asean Volleyball Grand Prix at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Gym in Sta. Rosa City in Laguna.
Teams from Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines are entered in a one-round pocket series held for the main purpose of testing the capacity of the Sta. Rosa City Gym in hosting the Games’ volleyball tournament.
High-ranking officials of the Asian Volleyball Confederation and its central committee along with their Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. counterparts and international referees’ group, graced the opening ceremony on Friday.
Sta. Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas officially opened the tournament.
The series of activities for the week started Tuesday with the arrival of delegates, followed by the inspection of the venue on Wednesday.
Only six sports, chosen at random are participating in the test events, including modern pentathlon, diving, Esports and athletics.
Test events in modern pentathlon are set October 8 to 10 at the New Clark City main stadium; waterpolo and diving diving on October 28 and October 26 to 27, respectively at the aquatics center, also in NCC; athletics on October 26 to 27 and Esports on November 4.