It’s final! Philippines will be fielding 208 athletes in 26 sports at the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar this December.
With the deadline of submission of SEA Games official entry slated yesterday, POC and PSC have submitted names of 208 athletes to the SEA Games organizing body in Myanmar.
The list was confirmed by POC President Peping Cojuangco Jr. and PSC Chair Richie Garcie said Chef de mission Jeff Tamayo. Both have the final say in the composition of Philippines’ delegation to the most important event in the region scheduled on December 11-22.
Of the 208 athletes, 24 athletes are still unofficially included in the line-up, pending their performance in the qualifying meets or trials this month and next month.
Out to secure their official slots at the Philippine squad are 12 members of the women’s basketball team who are scheduled to join the 25th FIBA Asia Championships for women in Bangkok this October 27 to November 3.
Also needing to prove their worth are the seven wushu artists who are set to participate at the World Wushu Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia first week of November; as well as two athletes from billiards and one each from judo, weightlifting and shooting.
This year’s delegation is considered one of the smallest contingent Philippines has ever sent in the history of SEA Games.
In 2011 SEA Games, Philippines had sent 512 athletes in Indonesia which landed 6th place overall with 36 gold medals.
This year, with around 200 athletes, POC and PSC are expecting to land either 6th or 7th place, targeting about 30 to 40 golds medals.
Participating countries are still allowed to replace athletes until the delegation registration meeting on Dec. 10 but are prohibited from coming up with last-minute additions.