The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) said yesterday that 133 athletes have so far made the grade for the Incheon Asian Games, PSC chairman and chief of mission Richie Garcia said yesterday.
The 133 actually are among the 200 names submitted by the PSC to the Incheon organizing committee in time for the deadline for the initial submission of names today although the PSC did not release the names.
But those who have cleared the hurdle include cycling’s Daniel and Christopher Caluag, both Fil-Am BMX experts, and Le Tour kingpin Mark Galedo, while Gilas-Pilipinas has forwarded a 20-man lineup that even includes Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche.
The PSC said the Philippines will take part in 25 of the 36 sports that will be played during the Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 sportsfest.
Men’s basketball, softball and rugby will beef up the roster with traditional sources of medals like boxing and wushu also expected to field a full lineup to enhance the country’s chances of bettering its three gold medal output in the 2010 edition in Guangzhou.
Garcia said cycling and taekwondo have also strong chances of making it to the medal podium and return home with more than three golds.