PH to field 160 athletes at AIMAG next year – Manila Bulletin
The country lines up 160 athletes in the 6e Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Thailand scheduled for March 10-20, 2022 in Bangkok and Chonburi.
Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino announced on Tuesday, adding that the selected athletes have medal potential.
“The goal is to build on the momentum for the success of the Tokyo Olympics,” said Tolentino, adding that the athletes will compete in 21 of the 31 sports.
Tolentino also said the goal was to eclipse last year’s two gold medals in Turkmenistan in 2017, thanks to jiu-jitsu fighters Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez.
The PH team, made up of 105 athletes who competed in 17 of the 21 sports, also walked away with 14 silver medals and 14 bronze medals.
Those who took home silver included weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz at the Tokyo Olympics, sprinter Eric Cray and pool players Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit.
Notable bronze winners from the previous edition also included taekwondo Olympian jin Elaine Alora, weightlifter Kristel Macrohon and the U23 Women’s Quick Team made up of female grandmaster Janelle Frayna and female FIDE master Shania. Mendoza, to name a few.
For the 2022 edition, the PH team will compete in water sports, 3 × 3 basketball, billiards, bowling, chess, dance, esport, indoor athletics, indoor rowing, jiu-jitsu, karate, kickboxing, kurash, muay, pencak silat, sambo, sepak takraw, shooting, skateboarding, taekwondo and wrestling.
The multisport tournament was originally scheduled for May 21 to 30, but organizers have postponed it to a later date due to the pandemic.
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