Even before the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) can open in Vietnam next month, hosting the Games in Cambodia next year looks rosy for the Philippines team.
Most of the 39 sports approved to feature on Cambodia’s SEAG schedule seem to give the PH team the chance to compete for the overall title even with the Filipinos playing on foreign soil.
Not a few victories can be sealed in medal-rich athletics, but with archery, dance sports, gymnastics, triathlon, basketball, boxing, billiards and rowing the country’s aspirations to repeat the 2019 Games in Manila look pretty good.
The Philippines won their second overall title as hosts three years ago, with the sports claiming much of the 149 gold medals they won in winning the overall title.
Sports dominated by PH
Arnis, the country’s national sport, won 14 gold medals while dance sports added 10 to the collection.
“Cambodia is ready to host and they have promised a great edition of the Games,” Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino said after emerging from the SEAG Federation meeting in Siem Reap, Australia. Cambodia.
Combat sports judo, kickboxing, karate, muay thai and taekwondo are also reliable sources of medals for the national contingent as well as cycling, sepak takraw, fencing, weightlifting, running traditional boats, bodybuilding, electronic sports and jiujitsu.
Sports that are under consideration, such as wushu and obstacle sports, could also turn mint when the strong output of Filipino athletes in 2019 is taken into account.
The 32nd edition of the 11-nation meeting took place from May 5 to 16 in Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia and designated hub of the Games.
The reception of Cambodia is scheduled a year after that of Vietnam from May 12 to 23 after a postponement last year.
Cambodian programming also includes water sports, badminton, canoeing, pétanque, soft tennis, table tennis, volleyball, wrestling, hockey, vovinam, jet skiing and indigenous sports kun vocator , among others, while the organizers are still considering whether to carry water polo. , cricket, shooting and floorball as well. INQ
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