Three Muay Thai boxers have been officially named to the Philippine delegation to this year’s 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar, slated next month.
Muay Thai veteran warriors Philip Belarmino, Jonathan Polosan and Preciosa Ocaya have been added to the list together with their coaches, Billy Alumno and Roland Claro.
The Muaythai Association of the Philippines (MAP) is expecting all three to deliver a gold medal each.
MAP vice president Red Dumuk said that the three Muay warriors showed great performance in a pair of international competitions they took part in the past two years, including a stint in the 2013 Asian Indoor Games early this year, more than gave the trio the experience to beat all comers in their respective divisions in the coming conclave.
All three won a bronze medal in last year’s world championship.
Belarmino is competing in the 54-kilogram division, Polosan in 63-kg division, while Ocaya the lone woman muay warrior sees action at the women’s 51-kg. category.
The trio, Dumuk added, represented the country in the Asian Indoor Games held middle of this year, but fell a match short of collecting a bronze medal each due to judges’ decisions that turned unfavorable to them.
Chef de mission Jeff Tamayo said the additional entries would bring the number of athletes to 207 and could still grow should three more last-minute aspirants from wushu get the nod.
Muay Thai boxing was not played in the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia. The last time it was played was in Laos SEA Games in 2009 where Philippines brought home 1 gold medal courtesy of Zaidi Laruan, three silver and five bronze medals.
The Muay Thai boxing events in the Myanmar SEA Games will kick off on December 16 until 21 at the Wunna Theikdi Sports Complex, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.