Sepak takraw team start bubble training

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GET READYMembers of the National Sepak Takraw Pool train under a bubble setup at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Malolos City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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GET READYMembers of the National Sepak Takraw Pool train under a bubble setup at the Bulacan Sports Complex in Malolos City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Philippine training pool sepak takraw has started bubble training ahead of the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA) scheduled for May 12-23 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A total of 13 athletes trained at the Bulacan Sports Complex in the town of Malolos. However, only six will be chosen for the team that will travel to Vietnam. They will participate in three events: men’s regular, men’s doubles and men’s quadrant.

The Pilipinas Sepak Takraw Association Inc. (PSTAI) is expected to submit its final roster to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) next month.

The Vietnam SEA Games Organizing Committee has set a deadline of March 12 for the submission of sports entries by name.

Head coach Rodolfo Eco has admitted the athletes’ training has been greatly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“But we found ways to solve the problems by leveraging the use of technology designed for the new normal. videos. We had a weekly Zoom meeting to monitor the athlete’s physical, mental and psychological condition,” explained Eco, who played for the national team from 1985 to 1995 and became a coach in 1997.

After a month of bubble training and three months from the start of the SEA Games, Eco is optimistic about the team’s medal chances.

“The preparation and effort combined with the athlete’s determination and focus will provide a high probability of winning a gold medal in the competition,” Eco said.

At the 2019 SEA Games, the national team won two gold medals (men’s and women’s hoop) and three bronzes (men’s regu, team doubles and women’s regu).

Meanwhile, PSTAI president Karen Caballero admired the players’ dedication during bubble training.

“The athletes are eager to compete again after almost three years of competition and training hiatus. In fact, I saw the determination as they happily and easily submitted to a strict training setup in bubble to prepare for both the SEA Games and the Asian Games,” said Caballero, who is also POC Deputy Secretary General.

“Nasabik sila sobra dahil bitin his momentum from our SEAG success in 2019. This kind of hunger is a very good sign of what lies ahead in Vietnam and China,” added Caballero, who served as the team’s Chef de Mission. Philippines in the 2016 Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam.

After the Vietnam SEA Games, the Philippines will compete in the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, from September 10-25.

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