Two hundred ten athletes accompanied by 114 officials will compose Philippines’ delegation to the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Myanmar next month.
In the send-off party for the SEA Games bound athletes last Wednesday in Makati City, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco urged the athletes to inspire a nation that is reeling from the devastation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region.
“Forget the bitter memories and focus your attention in Myanmar where you are facing the real battle in your quest for fame and fortune. Show to them the Filipinos are known for their resiliency and easily rise from the ashes of exodus of misery and emerge victorious,” Cojuangco told the athletes.
“The road ahead in Myanmar is tough. I know you can easily overcome all forms of adversaries tangible and intangible and achieve the ultimate goal if you play with fiery determination,” Cojuangco added.
Philippines is competing in 26 sports, and is targetting 30 to 40 gold medals.
Sanda fighter Divine Wally was the latest addition to the delegation after Philippine Olympic Committee chief Jose Cojuangco Jr. and Garcia approved the participation of the Asian junior wushu silver medalist.