The Philippine Judo Federation (PFJ) is pushing for the inclusion of SEA Games gold medalists Gilbert Ramirez and Kiyomi Watanabe in the Philippine team seeing action at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea this September 19 to October 4, 2014.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia said that Ramirez and Watanabe can easily pass the criteria of the Task Force after their impressive performance at various international tournaments.
“We talked to PJF officials, and aside from Ramirez and Watanabe, they have two more athletes trying to qualify,” said Garcia, who is also the Chef de Mission of team Philippines in this year’s Asian Games.
The Task Force has given both Ramirez and Watanabe, as well as the other two recommended Judokas, to prove their worth. They need to place in the top five of any Asian or World level tournaments to have a sure ticket to Incheon Asian Games.
“Actually, it is the same criteria that we set to all NSA’s. All subjective sports will be performance based and their placing in the tournament that they joined in [from 2010],” explained Garcia.
Filipino judokas have so far won several gold, silver and bronze medals in the past SEA Games, but has never yet won a single medal in Asian Games since the sport was introduced in Asian Games in Seoul 1986 Asian Games.