THE Philippines will be sending 272 athletes competing in 31 sports in the upcoming 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia scheduled August 18 to September 2.
As of June 29, of the list of contingent submitted to the Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee, four are coming from Negros Occidental.
They are Riflayca Basa of Hinobaan and Kaith Ezra Jalandoni of Talisay City for the women’s softball, and boxers Ian Clark Bautista of Himamaylan City and James Palicte of Bago City.
Joining the 2 Negrense softbelles are Francesca Altamonte, Angelie Ursabia, Mary Ann Antolihao, Mia Macapagal, Cristy Joy Roa, Shaira Damasing, Riezel Calumbres, Arianne Vallestero, Garnet Agnes Blando, Hailey Cassandra Decker, Skylynne Kopia Ellazar, Danielle Lindsey Gilmore, Reese Miquelle Guevarra, Sierra Arlyna Lange, and Chelsea Kaitlyn Suitos.
Meanwhile, completing the boxing team are Carlo Paalam, Mario Fernandez, Joel Bacho, Eumir Felix Marcial, Aira Villegas, and Nesthy Petecio.
Men’s basketball, on the other hand, has Jayson William, Terrence Bill Romeo, Jericho Cruz, Roger Ray Pogoy, Celedonio Trollano, Anthony Semerad, Jeth Troy Rosario, Kelly Williams, Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras, Abu Tratter, and Andray Blatche. It was recalled that Castro-William, Roemeo, Pogoy, del Rosario and Blatche were figured out in a ‘basketbrawl’ with Australia in the recent FIBA Qualifiers held in Bulacan.
For the rest of the Philippine contingent include aquatics – swimming (3), archery (5), athletics (8), bowling (12), boxing (8), bridge (12), canoe kayak/traditional boat race (27), cycling (7), equestrian (3), fencing (8), golf (7), gymnastics (8), judo (6), jetski (2), karate (5), sailing/windsurfing (3), sepak takraw (10), shooting (4), sports climbing (1), skateboarding (3), squash (8), table tennis (1), taekwondo (17), tennis (7), soft tennis (10), triathlon (6), women’s volleyball (14), weightlifting (3) and wrestling (2).
Martial arts will also send 33 athletes that include: jujitsu (9) while pencak silat, wushu and kurash with 8 each.
The Philippine Olympic Committee also approved 63 coaches and trainers.
During the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, the Philippines sent 159 athletes in 25 sports and finished No. 22 with a gold medal, 3 silver medals and 11 bronze.*