Filipino team sepak takraw aims for gold in thailand

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Philippines set to defend first division title at 33rd King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships

The Filipinos face separated players from 31 other countries in the tournament which runs through September 30.

In addition to aiming to retain the crown in the men’s doubles category, they will also compete for gold in four other events: hoop, regular quadrant and regular team.

“We wish the Filipino team at Sepak Takraw the best of luck. We have no doubts that they are capable of replicating the feat, ”said Jeremy Go, senior executive at Go For Gold, when the team recently released from Vikings to the Mall of Asia.

Seasoned players Rheyjey Ortouste, Ronsited Gabayeron, Emmanuel Escote will spearhead the men’s team alongside Joshua Gleen Bullo, Alvin Pangan, John Carlo Lee and John John Bobier.

John Jeffrey Morcillos, Joeart Jumawan, Nestleer Bandivas, Christian George Encabo and Regie Reznan Pabriga will join the trip supported by Go For Gold and the Philippine Sports Commission.

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“We know they will make our country proud as they have done before,” said Go, vice president of Powerball Marketing and Logistics Corporation.

The women’s team is made up of Mary Melody Taming, Abegail Sinogbuhan, Gelyn Evora, Josefina Maat, Jean Marie Sucalit, Jea Mae Pepito, Jocielle Fernandez, Aisa Sabellita, Allyssa Bandoy and Lhaina Lheil Mangubat.

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Coaches Rodolfo Eco, Hector Memarion, Metodio Suico Jr. and Junmar Aleta will coach the men’s team while Romulo Ruedas Jr., Esperidion Rodriguez, Gena Mark Saavedra and Deseree Autor will lead the women’s team.

The team also won a pair of silver medals in team consistency and hoop and a bronze effort in consistency at the 2016 world championships in Thailand, according to Suico.

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