Asian Games

PH to compete in 46 sports for 2022 Asian Games

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. The Philippines finished 19th overall in the last Asian Games.

File photo from Asian Games' PH Media Pool

The Philippines will try to surpass its haul of 4 gold, 2 silver, and 15 bronze medals from the previous Asian Games in the next edition of the quadrennial showpiece

The Philippines will see action in 46 of the 61 sports penciled for the 2022 Asian Games, to be staged in Hangzhou, China.

Filipino athletes will try to surpass the Philippines’ haul of 4 gold, 2 silver, and 15 bronze medals in the previous Asian Games in Indonesia as they compete in athletics, boxing, golf, and weightlifting.

Other sports the country will send delegates to include aquatics, archery, baseball, softball, men’s basketball, men’s 3×3 basketball, dancesports’ breaking, men’s dragon boat, equestrian, fencing, men’s football, gymnastics, judo, jiu-jitsu, kurash, karate, bridge, chess, esports, xiangqi, modern pentathlon, skateboarding, rowing, and men’s rugby.

Completing the Philippines’ list are sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, sports climbing, squash, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, men’s and women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s beach volleyball, wrestling, and wushu.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said the organization submitted the list to the Asian Games Organizing Committee on Friday, February 19.

“[W]e based our list on our effort to surpass our last achievement of 4 gold medals in Jakarta because we improved a lot in the SEA Games,” Tolentino said, referring to the country clinching the overall championship in the Southeast Asian Games it hosted two years ago.

Jose Raul Canlas of surfing will serve as the Philippines’ chef de mission for the Hangzhou Asian Games. – Rappler.com