HANOI—The Philippine marketing campaign within the thirty first Southeast Asian Games kicked off Friday with the Philippine Sports Commission throwing its all-out assist for the medal drive of Filipino athletes in varied sports activities.
The Philippine males’s soccer crew and nationwide handball squad opened the nation’s title-retention bid in separate venues whereas groups from girls’s soccer, kurash/judo, rowing, and diving have already arrived Friday, approach earlier than the opening ceremony of the Hanoi, Vietnam Games on May 12.
“I wish our athletes the best of luck. They have all trained hard for this and I’m sure they will compete with the best of their abilities to win medals for our country,” stated PSC Chairman William Ramirez.
The PSC funded all the participation of the 908-strong Philippine delegation, together with 641 athletes gearing as much as nook a big chunk of the gold medals at stake in 38 of the 40 sports activities within the SEA Games program. There are not any Filipino entries in petanque and Chinese/elephant chess or xianggi.
After soccer and handball, Filipino kickboxers will start their medal quest on Sunday on the Bac Ninh Stadium, some 100 kilometers away from the primary hub right here.
PSC Commissioner and Team Philippines chef de mission Ramon Fernandez has been offering encouraging phrases to the nationwide athletes, starting with a pep discuss to the soccer and handball groups.
The PSC employees have been likewise readily available to offer help and has begun distributing the allowances of the athletes and coaches.
“As chef de mission, I will make sure that every athlete will be taken care of for them perform at their best,” stated Fernandez.
Team Philippines is the defending general champion of the 11-nation sportsfest in the course of the nation’s internet hosting in 2019.
Back then, Filipino athletes collected 149 gold medals, 117 silvers and 121 bronzes to safe the nation’s second general title after profitable it in 2005 Manila.
The foremost wave of Filipino athletes, coaches and officers are anticipated to reach Tuesday proper after the nationwide elections on Monday.
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