Philippine Blu Girls Asian Games in Limbo
Blu Girls’ participation at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korean this September to October is in limbo after a disappointing finish at the World Cup of Softball IX in USA early this month.
The PH Asian Games task force is now having second thoughts at sending the Philippine women’s softball team to the Asian Games for fear that the team would suffer the same embarrassment in the recent softball tournament where the team finished last among seven participating countries.
“The competition clearly showed the team is not ready for the tough challenge in the Asian Games against Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, and China,” task force member Tom Carrasco told Tempo/Bulletin in a chance interview.
At the World Cup of Softball in Irvine, California, USA, the Blu Girls was actually off to a good start after beating Venezuela in their first game, 3-0.
But that was actually it for the Filipina softbelles.
They then lost all their preliminary games against Mexico (0-7), Canada (1-3), USA (1-13), Japan (1-10) and Chinese Taipei (1-16), finishing in sixth spot along with Venezuela where both countries registered 1 win and 5 losses preliminary results.
The Blue Girls then faced Venezuela for a chance to play for the 5th place, but they bowed down to the Venezuelans (4-7), who later on beat Mexico (4-0) for the 5th place.
Mexico ended up on 6th place, while Team Philippines in last place.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman and Team Philippines Asian Games Chef de Mission Richie Garcia asked the task force to re-evaluate the Blu Girls chances in the Incheon Asian Games.
“It doesn’t mean that if you passed one criterion, you immediately passed the entire screening process. That’s why they were given a chance to play and train abroad to expose the team and be ready for the Asian Games. We ready and train them to win, not to lose,” said Garcia.
The Filipina softbelles initially passed the screening after placing 4th at the Asian Women’s Softball Championships in Chinese Taipei last December 2013.