Super Grandmaster and a sure gold medal winner, Wesley So, has been officially taken out from Philippine roster in the upcoming 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar next month.
POC-PSC SEA Games Task Force member Payl Ycasas confirmed that the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) sent letter informing the task force that 18 year old So has been removed from their roster of athletes.
“The NCFP sent a letter to the POC address to Chairman Tom Carrasco and Team PH Chef de Mission Jeff Tamayo that they will remove the name of Wesley So in their chess roster. The full reason is not clear on my part as only my higher officials know, and the only thing I know is Wesley reasoned out his schooling,” said Ycasas.
The removal of So from the list is considered a big blow to NCFP’s campaign this year considering that So has just recently won the gold medal at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, and he is the defending championship in the blitz event.
With So’s removal, the team is left with Eugene Torre, Mark Paragua, Joey Antonio and Darwin Laylo to represent the country in all 16 chess events in this year’s SEA Games.