The Philippine national karatedo team eye two to three golden victories when they see action in the 27th Southeast Asian Games in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Filipino karatekas, headed by 2012 World Karate champion Orencio James Delos Santos, are scheduled to leave for Myanmar this Sunday.
Joining Delos Santos are Ramon Antonio Franco (kumite 55kg), Jayson Ramil Macaalay (kumite 60kg), Rexor Romaquin (kumite 67kg), Michael Badil (kumite 75kg) and Engene Stoner Dagohoy (kumite 84kg) in the men’s division, and Mae Soriano (kumite 55kg), Princess Diane Sicangco (kumite 61kg) and Joana Mae Ylanan (kumite 68kg).
In the 2011 edition of the SEA Games, the Philippine national karatedo team brought home 1 silver and six bronze medals.
This year, their target is bolder as Philippine Karatedo Federation (PKF) Secretary General Raymund Lee Reyes believe that his athletes can deliver at least 2 to 3 gold medals.
“We want to contribute to the country’s campaign in the SEA Games. These athletes are no pushovers. They’ll fight for the gold medal and we are hoping to earn two or three golds,” said Reyes.
Action in Karatedo in Myanmar SEA Games is slated on December 13-15.
Engene Stoner Dagohoy (kumite 84kg) and Joana Mae Ylanan (kumite 68kg) kick-off Philippine Karatedo campaign on day 1 of the competition.
Thirteen gold medals are up for grab in Karatedo; two gold medals on day 1, 9 gold medals on day 2 and 2 gold medals on the last day of competitions.