PH Sepak Takraw wins first SEAG gold medal – The Manila Times
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 athletes in only 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 – have the opportunity to compete in all six regular and hoop events.
The Philippine Sepak Takraw team is made up of veterans and young players.
Among the veteran players still in the roster are 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 matches.
Thailand will still be the team to beat but can only dominate three of the six events.
Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar will be the Philippines’ other toughest rivals.
The Sepak Takraw competitions will take place in Subic from December 1-8.
Sepak Takraw’s team arrive well prepared for the Games, 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 hopes in the men’s double and women’s hoop.