CEBU CITY, Philippines — A bunch of Filipino potential gold medal winners will arrive in Vietnam tomorrow, Wednesday, forward of the opening ceremony of the thirty first Southeast Asian Video games (SEAG) on Thursday.
A minimum of billiards world champion Carlo Biado and an meeting of potential gold medalists from numerous sports activities will arrive on Wednesday and will be a part of the Parade of Nations within the opening ceremony of the biennial video games on the My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.
Cue masters and perennial SEA Video games gold contenders Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit are additionally checking in in addition to Filipino billiards icon Efren “Bata’’ Reyes previous to the opening rites on Thursday.
Becoming a member of them are the nation’s bets in athletics, bowling, biking MTB, esports, and jiujitsu led by world-renowned grapplers Margarita “Meggie’’ Ochoa and Annie Ramirez.
The Philippine Sports activities Fee (PSC) was tasked to facilitate the trouble-free departure of the athletes and can be available to welcome them to Hanoi.
“Thus far, so good. The arrivals have been occurring easily. We’re getting ready for the opening ceremony and have been constantly offering help to our athletes,’’ mentioned PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez, the nation’s chef de mission.
Fernandez revealed that spectators are allowed to cheer for the athletes through the competitors after attending the primary chef de mission assembly in Hanoi on Tuesday.
Biado is the reigning US Open 8-ball champion and final yr’s US Open 9-ball champion after placing gold within the 2017 World Video games in Poland.
Males’s soccer, seashore handball, kickboxing, and diving are already in full swing whereas rowers and athletes from pencak silat and chess are warming as much as kick off their respective medal campaigns.
The Philippines is sending 641 athletes who can be vying in 38 sports activities occasions hoping to defend the nation’s general championships which it gained within the 2019 version in Manila.
As well as, hurdler Clinton Bautista, javelin thrower Melvin Calano, decathlete Aries Toledo, marathoner Christine Hallasgo and heptathlete Sarah Dequinan are all upbeat about their probabilities to retain their SEAG gold medals earlier than leaving Manila.
Additionally, the 50-man athletics squad can be headed by medalists Mark Harry Diones, Janry Ubas, Francis Medina, Edgardo Alejan Jr., Anfernee Lopena, Eloiza Luzon, and Marestella Torres-Sunang.
In whole, 120 athletes, coaches, and officers are as a consequence of arrive in Hanoi on Wednesday earlier than athletes from archery, seashore volleyball, dancesport, esports, sepak takraw arrive to the Vietnamese capital.
On Friday, the Philippine males’s basketball workforce comprised of PBA stars Junemar Fajardo, Robert Bolick, and siblings Kiefer and Thirdy Ravena will arrive along with the ladies’s basketball squad and groups from boxing, muay, taekwondo, wrestling, and capturing. /rcg
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