THE Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) announced on Tuesday it will send 160 athletes to the 6th Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games (Aimag) from March 10 to 20 in Bangkok and Chonburi in Thailand.
The athletes will compete in 21 of the 31 Aimag events.
Host Thailand originally scheduled the 6th Aimag on May 21 to 30, but was postponed due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
"We have put together a delegation whose members are all potential for the medals," said POC President Rep. Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino on Tuesday.
"The objective is to ride the momentum of the Tokyo Olympics' success and surpass our two gold medals won in the last Aimag in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in 2017."
Tolentino added the POC has focused on sending athletes in individual and weight-categorized events.
Judo's Margarita Ochoa (45 kilograms [kgs] women's ne-waza [ground techniques]) and Annie Ramirez (-55 kgs women's ne-waza) accounted for the two gold medals won in Ashgabat, where 105 Filipino athletes competed in 17 of 21 sports, and clinched a total of 30 medals, including 14 silvers and 14 bronzes.
Hidilyn Diaz was part of the 2017 delegation and won a silver medal. She won again at the Jakarta 2018 Asian Games and clinched the country's first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.
Forty-five countries are expected to compete in the 6th Aimag.
Ricky Lim, president of the karate association, has been appointed delegation chef de mission in Thailand.