SEAG Task Force OKs 162 athletes
By: Jonathan Perez (Business Mirror)

ATHLETES in athletics, aquatics, cycling, taekwondo, boxing and karatedo will make up the main bulk of the delegation to the 27th Southeast Asian (Sea) Games in December in Myanmar.

The joint Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)-Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Sea Games Task Force has already approved 162 athletes for the national team but officials said it could swell to 2four8 if 86 more pass their screening. POC Chairman Tom Carrasco said some sports associations have yet to complete their selection process.

“Some [sports associations] have athletes competing in Southeast Asian, Asian and world level [tournaments] so we have to wait for their results to determine whether they should go or not,” Carrasco said.

But Carrasco assured the delegation would not exceed the 5threefour-athlete delegation the country fielded in Indonesia two years ago.

Athletics will be sending 2three, aquatics (including diving) and cycling (road race, mountain bike and BMX) each has 17, while taekwondo, boxing and karatedo qualified 16, 10 and eight, respectively. The team sports of basketball (men’s) and football (women’s) will have a roster of 12 and 10 players, respectively.

Also approved for inclusion were rowing five, wushu four, sailing four, archery, four, chess four, billiards three, equestrian three, muay thai three, sepak takraw three, badminton two, canoe-kayak two, judo two, pencat silat two, windsurfing one, shooting two, table tennis two, weightlifting two and wrestling two.

Athletes who won gold in the last Sea Games, potential gold medalist and a medalist in any Asian, continental and world level tournaments are qualified for the team.