‘Lean, mean’ PHL team targets more golds in Asian Games

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Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Richie Garcia said the Filipino contingent for the Asian Games this year aims to surpass the country’s three gold medal output in Guangzhou in 2010.

“These are athletes possessing potential with credential,” Garcia told state-run Philippines News Agency.

“We are competing as a very compact, lean, mean team whose members were picked based on the stringent criteria the PSC and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) have set.”

In the last Asiad four years ago, the Philippine team brought home a total of 16 medals, including four silver and nine bronze.

The country’s three gold medals in 2010 were bagged by Rey Saludar for boxing, Engelberto Rivera for bowling, and Dennis Orcollo in billiards.

This year, Garcia is positive that the Philippines will be able to fight for the gold in the BMX cycling, wind surfing, boxing, wushu, taekwondo, bowling, and basketball with Gilas Pilipinas fresh from the FIBA World Cup.

For Garcia, the Philippines also has a chance to bring home medals from karatedo, judo, golf, rugby, and weightlifting.

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