Of the 37 sports that will be staged in the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Korea this September 19 to October 4, 2014; Team Philippines will only be seeing action in 25 sports.
Philippines’ Asian Games Chef de Mission and PSC Chairman Ricardo “Richie” Garcia has confirmed at the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum at Shakey’s Malate that Filipino athletes will only be participating in archery, athletics, softball, basketball, bowling, boxing, canoe-kayak, cycling, equestrian, fencing, golf, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, soft tennis, triathlon, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.
Garcia explained that today is the last day of submission of the number of entries to the Asian Games organizer.
“Once we passed the documents and our confirmed number today, we can no longer increase the number of entrants, but we can decrease its number,” stressed Garcia.
A total of 159 athletes, 103 men and 56 women, have qualified for the Incheon Asian Games, and they will be joined by 54 coaches and officials to bring the total number of Philippine delegation to 213.
Garcia also confirmed that NBA player Andray Blatche is part of the basketball team, along with naturalized player Marcus Douthit.
“Blatche complied with the first requirement. He is included at the entry by names. But his status is still floating until he holds a Philippine passport. He should have his passport before the August 14 deadline,” said Garcia.
Garcia added that the PH Karate team is going to Turkey for their training, while the PH Rowing Team will hire a temporary foreign coach.
The PH Triathlon team members are in Portugal, while the PH Windsurfing team is slated to go for an overseas training.