The nation’s delegation to the twelfth Asean Para Video games (APG) has penciled the identical objective as Workforce Philippines within the current thirty second Southeast Asian Video games.
“We want to do higher than the earlier marketing campaign within the Asean Para Video games,” mentioned Philippine Paralympic Committee president Michael Barredo in the course of the send-off ceremony of the 259-member delegation to the occasion that can run from June 3 to June 9 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
And that appears to be the consensus of the Philippine workforce.
“Our objective is to surpass the medal haul from the final APG,” mentioned commissioner Walter Torres of the Philippine Sports activities Fee and the chef de mission for the delegation.
Within the Para Video games hosted by Indonesia final 12 months, the Philippines completed at fifth place with 28 golds, 30 silvers and 46 bronzes for 104 whole medals.
The nation is gunning to higher these numbers, relying on previous reliables to step up—for a cause.
“Our veteran para athletes from athletics, swimming and chess are stronger and motivated to do even higher in preparation for the Asian Para Video games in Hangzhou and the qualifiers resulting in the Paris Paralympics subsequent 12 months,’’ Torres mentioned.
Final 12 months’s gold medalist Ernie Gawilan will spearhead the swim workforce together with APG three-gold performers Ariel Alegarbes and Angel Otom in addition to Tokyo Paralympian Gary Bejino, Edwin Villanueva, Marco Tinamisan, Roland Sabido, Arnel Aba and Muhaimin Ulag.
“We’re additionally wanting on the new groups, ladies’s goalball and males’s CP (cerebral palsy) soccer. They’re making a debut with a risk of a podium end,’’ mentioned Torres.
“The entire means of supporting and motivating our para athletes is in place,’’ Barredo mentioned.
The 174 athletes entered in 12 common sports activities and one demonstration occasion (Esports) is the largest Philippine athlete contingent within the historical past of APG, possessing a better chance of clinching extra gold medals in comparison with the earlier marketing campaign.
High Filipino para athletes have been lined up in athletics (23), badminton (9), boccia (8), chess (22), cerebral palsy soccer (10), goalball (12), judo (4), powerlifting (11), sitting volleyball (14), swimming (12), desk tennis (21), wheelchair basketball (23) and Esports (5).
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