Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo | PHOTOS: AFP

The Philippine Olympic Committee and the Philippine Sports activities Fee (PSC) will maintain a sendoff ceremony for the nation’s Asian Video games delegation on Monday at Philippine Worldwide Conference Middle (PICC) in Manila.

A complete of 396 Filipino athletes from 40 sports activities accompanied by 163 officers can be flying to Hangzhou, China, to hitch the 45-nation meet, with PSC commissioner Olivia “Bong” Coo urging the nationwide standouts to provide it their greatest for flag and nation.

“They need to consider in themselves that they will win. That was my mindset in each recreation that I performed within the Asian Video games,’’ stated Coo, the legendary bowler who gained a report three gold medals within the 1978 Bangkok Asian Video games.

Coo, the primary Filipino to make it to the Guinness Guide of World Data twice, claimed two extra golds within the 1982 version of the continental Olympics in Seoul. Her two silvers and two bronzes put her Asiad medal rely at 9, only one wanting Philippine swimming corridor of famer Haydee Coloso’s report of 10.

The legendary Caloy Loyzaga gained 4 gold medals with the lads’s basketball staff from 1951 to 1962.

Higher than 2018

EJ Obiena | PHOTO: AFP

“It’s totally different when you recognize you’re taking part in for our flag and the complete nation is behind you,’’ stated Coo, now 75.

The nation is hoping to raised its four-gold output from the 2018 version in Indonesia, pinning its hopes on Olympians like Tokyo weightlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz-Naranjo, boxing silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and bronze medalist Eumir Marcial, world No. 2 pole vaulter EJ Obiena and swimmer Kayla Noelle Sanchez, who represented Canada within the Summer season Video games earlier than shifting her allegiance to the Philippines.

Alex Eala | PHOTO: Keats London

The 2018 ladies’s skateboarding champion Margielyn Didal and karatekas Jamie Lim and World Video games champion Junna Tsukii are likewise medal potentials, alongside jiujitsu world champions Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez.

World Cup squads Filipinas in ladies’s soccer and Gilas Pilipinas in males’s basketball can have glitter and medal hopes for the nation, together with tennis star and 2022 US Open junior ladies’s singles champion Alex Eala. INQ



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