Sepak Takraw’s athletes on the front line
FEARLESSLY at the 30th Southeast Asian Games where they clinched a breakthrough of two gold medals, the country’s sepak takraw athletes made their mark in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
“They have to do their part,” Philippine Amateur Association president Sepak Takraw, Karen Tanchanco-Caballero, told BusinessMirror on Monday. “But we do occasionally check them and their deployment status.”
Filipino takraw betting also won three bronze medals at the 30th SEA Games the country hosted last December, the Philippines’ best performance to date in the region’s endemic sport.
Thailand won one more gold than the Philippines – but had neither silver nor bronze – to escape with the overall title, with Indonesia also a traditional powerhouse with a total of 1-1- 1 gold-silver-bronze, and Malaysia with 0-2 -1.
But during a month of heightened community quarantine, takraw players serve the flag and country in another guise – as servicemen answering the call of duty in a competition against an unseen adversary that has claimed the lives of thousands. of people.
Armymen John Bobier and John Jeffrey Morcillos and Air Force Officer Jason Huerte – half of the men’s hoop team that won the SEA Games gold medal – are on multiple fronts to help to contain the virus.
Bobier is assigned to Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, while Morcillos, stationed at army headquarters in Fort Bonifacio, awaits deployment.
Huerte, meanwhile, is in Lipa City with fellow aviators and men’s team bronze medalists Rheyjey Ortouste and Joert Jumawan.
“The coaches of the men’s and women’s teams report to me every week the numbers, location and state of health. The civilians I sent home strictly observed 14 days of quarantine and luckily no one got sick or showed any symptoms, ”Tanchanco-Caballero said.
Mark Joseph Gonzales of the Philippine Coast Guard, also a bronze medalist in men’s doubles, guards the coast of Manila.
Coaches also have their responsibilities – Junmar Aleta and Romulo Ruedas Jr., of the Air Force, are involved in the relief efforts of the Department of Social Welfare and Development at Villamor Air Base.
Aleta and Ruedas Jr. and women’s hoop gold medalist Sarah Jean Kalalo are also at Villamor Air Base.
Air Force Metodio Suico Jr. and Esperidion Rodriguez are assigned to Mactan Air Base in Cebu and Cagayan de Oro, respectively.
Military cycling and muay personnel also serve in quarantine.