The successful campaign at the recent 8th World Poomsae Taekwondo Championship in Bali, Indonesia augers well with the Filipino jins coming campaign in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar.
National coach Igor Mella expects the Filipino jins to reach their peak once they start competing in the prestigious biennial meet next month.
The Philippine national taekwondo team only has a quick break after their world championship campaign, and they immediately resumed training as they aim to maintain the form that netted the country three golds, two silvers and a bronze in Bali, Indonesia.
“We just recently participated in a high level competition that boasts a field of 50 countries. The said event is considered the Olympics of poomsae, that’s why we believe that we have great chances in SEA Games,” said Mella.
“We always win at least a gold in the SEA Games, so we don’t want to go below our standard.”
Poomsae or form which Mella described as the fast growing branch of taekwondo, will have a total of five events to be disputed in the biennial meet, namely individual male, individual female, team male, team female, and mixed pair, although a country is only required to field entrees in just three events.
The Philippine national taekwondo team brought home 4 gold, 3 silver and five bronze medals in the last 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia.
This year, the team aim to even or surpass their medal haul last SEA Games.
The takewondo events in the Myanmar SEA Games will be staged at the Wunna Theikdi Indoor Stadium A in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, from December 17 to 21.