Around 216 names of Filipino athletes have been submitted to the 27th Southeast Asian Games organizer in Myanmar, comprising Philippines delegation to this year’s biennial sporting event in December.
In the delegation’s list, 186 athletes have been confirmed to participate in the most important sporting event in the region, while the rest are still under consideration, pending their performance in the up-coming events which will serve as their qualifying events to officially make it to the team.
Among them are women’s basketball team, 8 wushu artists, 3 wrestlers and 2 weighlifters.
The women’s basketball team is scheduled to join the 25th FIBA Asia Championships for women in Bangkok this October 27 to November 3; while the 8 wushu artists will be seeing action at the World Wushu Championships in the first week of November in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On the other hand, the 3 wrestlers who are currently training in Iran are in the process of performance evaluation in reference to the tournaments they have participated, after they come back here in the Philippines in November
Weightlifters Christopher Burreros and Jeffrey Garcia will have to stamp their slot in the delegation this October 8, as both of them will undergo a qualifying lift.
So far, only two-time Olympian Hidilyn Diaz has qualified to be part of the SEAG team. Nestor Colonia, who has initially made it to the final line-up will again undergo a qualifying test after he has moved to a higher weight division.
According to Philippines Chief de Mission Jeff Tamayo, athletes in the list can still be scratched from the list of entries from November 26 to December 10 during the delegation registration meeting where the final line-up of each country will be confirmed.
“It is also possible to scratch or change the name of athlete at the team managers meeting’s drawing of lots, before the 27th Myanmar SEA Games’s opening on December 11,” he added.