Team Philippines targets 20 athletes for 2014 Youth Olympic Games

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Barely four months to go for the opening of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Team Philippines has yet to form a team as youth athletes are busy qualifying for the Olympic games for the youth.

Philippine chef de mission Jonne Go said that they are targeting to bring at least 20 athletes to the Games.

So far, only archers Luis Gabriel Moreno and Bianca Roxas-Gotuaco have officially made it to the Philippine team.

Swimmers Jethro Robert Chua, Roxanne Ashley Yu and Kisrten Chloe Daos have surpassed 2014 YOG B standard times, but they still have to wait by mid June for the official announcement of the list of swimmers who are given tickets for the game.

Other swimmers still have the 38th Southeast Asian Age Group Swimming Championship in Singapore this June to qualify for the 2014 YOG. Veteran age-group swimmers will be representing Philippines in the said meet, hoping to qualify for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games.

For Golf, Philippines has climbed up to the 15th rank in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) early this month, from 24th last February.

Only top 26 countries in the WAGR will be allowed to enter 2 golfers (1 boy and 1 girl) in the Nanjing Youth Olympics.

So far, Princess Superal and Mia Legaspi have been named to be part of the Philippine team, but this has yet to be confirmed since we are not sure yet if the two slots can be given to all female athletes.

The national contingent hopes to field six more from taekwondo, four from boxing and 3-on-3 basketball, two each from athletics, and gymnastics and one each from triathlon, fencing, judo and BMX cycling.

Judoka 2013 SEA Games gold medalist, Kiyomi Watanabe, had been reported to have qualified for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, but Philippine YOG task-force has not yet officially confirmed this.

This year’s Summer Youth Olympics will be held in Nanjing, China, from Aug. 16 to 28 with 3,600 athletes from 204 countries set to compete in 28 sports.

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