Philippines targets 8 golds in 17th Asian Games

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Richie Garcia, chief of mission to the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, believes the Philippines will win between six to eight gold medals in the quadrennial sportsfest.

The 17th Asian Games is scheduled Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 and Garcia, also chair of the Philippine Sports Commission, said yesterday that the gold medals will come from boxing, BMX (cycling), wushu, taekwondo and possibly basketball.

Garcia is confident of the country’s chances that he said: “would be disappointed if we only match the three gold medals that we won in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.”

Aside from the three golds, the Philippine went home with four silver and nine bronze medals from Guangzhou.

“I think we’ll do better than that,” said Garcia.

Garcia said the Asiad Task Force, composed of Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Tom Carrasco, tennis secretary-general Romy Magat and basketball executive Jay Adalem, have been regularly meeting with the heads of national sports associations the past few weeks to determine the selection of athletes.

There will be 36 sports that will be played in Incheon and 460 golds will be up for grabs but Garcia said the Philippines will likely compete in 20 sports with table-tennis, squash, gymnastics, shooting and a few others not having legitimate qualifiers.

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