Pinoys capture seven golds
By: Elmer N. Manuel (Journal)

HOPING to still make it to the Philippine contingent that will vie in the coming 27th Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine Judo Federation squad capped a seven-gold medal finish highly likened as a show of force in the recent Southeast Asia Judo Championships in Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar.

Kiyomi Watanabe and Anjo Gumila pulled off impressive victories to add two more gold medals to the five gold haul of the Philippine team early in the tournament to cap a sizzling finish.

Watanabe ruled the -63kg division while Gumila went on for a masterful win in the -90kg class.

The other members of the Philippine squad who clinched the gold at the start of the tournament were Helen Dawa (-48kg), Jenielou Mosqueda (-57kg), Bryan Quillotes (-60kg), Lloyd Dennis Catipon (-66kg), and Gilbert Ramirez (-73kg).

Kenji Yahata clinched the silver medal in the -90kg division, while Kodo Nakano and Salvador Reyes went home with bronze medals in the -81kg and +100kg classes, respectively.

“With the agreement we had with SEA Games Task Force, meron na kaming total 9-10 athletes to the SEA Games,” said PJF president David Carter.

Carter added that the better performance of his squad, which just concluded its training in Iran, should be enough for them to be included in the country’s delegation to the biennial meet set also in Myanmar this December.

An earlier report by the AFP stated that Philippine Sports Commission chairman Richie Garcia is mulling over sending the PH delegation to Myanmar due to the recent bombings in Myanmar.

A series of minor bomb blasts have also struck Yangon, including one at the luxury Traders Hotel on Monday that injured an American woman.

The 27th Southeast Asian Games are to be held in Yangon, the capital Naypyidaw, Mandalay and Ngwe Saung beach, according to the games website.

Garcia said that while the 220 Filipino athletes will be staying in the games village, Filipino technical officials as well as other delegation members would be staying in hotels that have yet to be assigned.

The sports commission will make a final decision on Filipino participation in the Myanmar games by end-November after consultations with the Philippine government, he said.

“Sana ay ituloy ng POC at PSC ang participation ng Philippine Delegation because it is generally peaceful here. Isolated case lang yung nangyari sa Traders Hotel sa Yangon. Safe na safe sa Nay Pyi Taw,” said Carter.

But Carter is still thankful for the support of the PSC.

“Thank you for the support of the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee as well as for the trust given to us by the SEAG Task Force,” added Carter.