The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has included bridge among the sports disciplines to be played in the 2014 Philippine National Games (PNG) this May 24 to June 2, 2014.
PSC Games chairman Atty. Jay Alano said that they have agreed to include Bridge, a mental game, because this is one of the sports that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is planning to the olympic regular sports, and this sport is considered be Philippines biggest chance of winning a medal in the Olympic Games.
“We need to develop and improve on the sport because we have a big chance to win a gold medal in this sport like our SEA Games neighbor Indonesia that won the gold in the IOC sponsored Bridge Grand Prix. Our athletes have also showed great results last 2011 SEA Games where we won two golds,” said Alano.
Alano also added that along with the 2014 PNG is the National Open for the differently-abled athletes which is the PhilSpada National Games.
In the 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia, Philippines has won a gold medal in the men’s butler pair event, where the pair of Francisco Alquiros and George Soo beat 17 other pairs en route to winning the gold medal.
Team Philippines has won a total of 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in the 2011 SEA GAmes.
The pair of Francisco Sainz Alquiroz and Gemma Mariano won the other gold medal in the mixed butler event.
George Sy Soo and Encontro Mylene Urriquia won the silver medal in the mixed butler, while the mixed team of Fransisco Sainz Alquiroz, Allen L. Tan, Gemma Mariano and Viksi Egan also won a silver medal.
The team of Mylene Urriquia Encontro, Gemma Mariano, Viksi Egan and Rosemarie A. Unson won the bronze medal in the women’s team event.
The event/categories being played in Bridge include Men at Women’s Butler, Open Pairs and Team event.