SEA Games

Philippines ups 2021 SEA Games delegation to over 600

GLORY DAYS. The Philippines celebrates a successful hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games before the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Athletics tops the list with 63 athletes in the Philippine delegation that’s set to defend its overall crown in the Vietnam SEA Games late this year

A total of 626 athletes competing in 39 of 40 sports will represent Team Philippines in the Vietnam 31st Southeast Asian Games slated November 21 to December 2.

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) initially announced a 560-athlete delegation to the biennial meet, but POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said 66 athletes were added to the list following comprehensive discussions with officials of the 39 national sports associations involved.

Tolentino turned over to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William Ramirez on Friday, March 12 documents containing Team Philippines’ entry by numbers for the Vietnam Games. 

“After a careful review – with the mindset of defending our overall title – we came up with these numbers,” said Tolentino, who personally presented the documents to Ramirez at the PSC offices at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.

Athletics topped the list with 63 athletes, 38 men and 25 women. Basketball listed 30, cycling 39, gymnastics 25, taekwondo 24, volleyball 30, football 28, and wushu 21.

Fencing had 24, esports 18, aquatics 17, boxing 13, canoe-kayak 19, pencak silat 16, golf 7, handball 10, judo 17, jiu-jitsu 6, kickboxing 12, karatedo 15, kurash 10, muaythai 12, table tennis 3, tennis 8, triathlon 8, beach volleyball 6, weightlifting 14, wrestling 13, vovinam 6, and wushu 21.

Tolentino said with the turnover of documents, the PSC can now start deliberating on the budget for the athletes’ training, preparation and participation in Vietnam.

The discussions with NSAs on the entry by numbers were done in collaboration with PSC commissioner Ramon Fernandez, the Team Philippines chef de mission to the Vietnam Games. –

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