PH Sepak Takraw aims for first SEAG gold medal

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Sepak Takaw could finally win his very first gold medal at the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Sepak Takraw President Karen Caballero said yesterday that the six competing SEA countries can field only athletes in three of the eight events, two for men and one for women, with the exception of the Philippines.

The Philippines, as host of the Games, has the opportunity to compete in all six regular and hoop events.

The Philippine Sepak Takraw team is made up of veterans and young players.

Some of the veteran players still in the lineup include Jason Huerta, Reyjay Ortuste, Mark Joseph Gonzales, Josefina Maat, Des Oltor, Ronsted Cabayeron and Sara Catain.

Caballero said Pinoy Takraw’s players, especially the 2016 Kings Cup world champion team, plan to win two to three gold medals in the biennial games.

Thailand will still be the team to beat but can only dominate three of the six events.

Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar will be the Philippine team’s other toughest rivals.

The Sepak Takraw competitions will take place in Subic from December 1 to 8.

The Sepak Takraw team arrives at the Games well prepared, especially with the full support of the Philippine Sports Commission which has funded the team’s training preparations in Thailand and Korea, as well as several other international tournaments.

The Philippines are placing their gold medal hopes in the men’s double hoop and women’s hoop.

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