Despite their successful stint in the recently-staged 2nd World Beach Tchoukball Championships held in Taiwan, Raymund Jamelo – president of Tchoukball Association of the Philippine (TAP), recalled the tough challenges they faced ahead of the tournament.
“Forming the young teams for the men and women’s divisions was really a big challenge to our coaching staff especially that the players came from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” he said.
“Also, the teams had only a week of solid training together under Head Coach John Jamelo but, everything paid off when the men’s team exceeded the expectation finishing 7th place overall out of 18 countries participated. Our women’s team ranked No.5 of the 8 teams that saw action,” he added.
“We thank the Lord for this victory which we have achieved. The long term goal is to expose these young players to international tournaments to gain enough experience playing with the best in the world,” said Jamelo, who is also the Southeast Asia Tchouckball Federation chief.*