The PHL team prepares for SEAG

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has so far counted 656 athletes who will compete in the 31st Southeast Asian Games due to take place in less than two and a half months in Vietnam.

Representative of POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said the majority of the 39 national sports associations that send athletes to Vietnam have submitted provisional rosters for the May 12-25 Games.

The Philippines competes in 39 of the 40 sports scheduled by Vietnam for its only second hosting of the Games since 2003. In those 39 sports, the country competes in 44 disciplines, according to Tolentino.

“Comparing the numbers when we hosted the Games in 2019, we will have a delegation reduced by almost half compared to three years ago,” Tolentino said. “And a quick look at the numbers shows that we will struggle to repeat as overall champions.”

There were 1,115 Filipino athletes in 2019 – an automatic privilege enjoyed by host nations – and they won 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze medals for a guaranteed overall title.

“But we will have a combat team in Vietnam, putting aside the difficulties of training and competing or training overseas because of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Tolentino said.

Of the 44 disciplines, the POC has yet to receive a draft list for athletics, men’s basketball 3×3 and 5×5, weightlifting and jiujitsu.

The deadline for submitting nominations by names is March 12, and Tolentino said the POC hopes to complete the list — including expected reviews from SLAs who have already met the body’s internal February 24 deadline — from here there.

“Several NSAs have been allowed to submit tentative lists because they are still completing their final qualifications or trials,” he said.

The estimated size of the delegation is set at 874. Also on the provisional list are 177 team officials (coaches, team managers and/or chiefs or NSA representatives) and 20 medical personnel (doctors, nurses and masseurs/therapists) and administrative staff. Staff.

Competition venues for Filipino athletes are split into four clusters, though the majority are in the main center of Hanoi, Tolentino said. The POC based the clusters on their proximity to Hanoi.

Filipino athletes will compete in diving, swimming, finswimming, archery, track and field, badminton, 3×3 and 5×5 basketball, billiards and snooker, bodybuilding, bowling, boxing, canoeing, chess, cycling, dance sports, esports, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics (artistic, aerobics and rhythmic), beach handball, judo, jiujitsu, karate, kickboxing, kurash, muaythai, pencak silat, rowing, sepak takraw, shooting, table tennis , taekwondo, tennis, triathlon/duathlon, volleyball, beach volleyball, vovinam, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

The Philippines does not participate in the 40th Vietnamese sport of xiangqi (Chinese or elephant chess).

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