LOOK: List of PSC's 10 priority sports in 2018
MANILA, Philippines – Out of the P600 million budget allocated for the national sports associations, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Butch Ramirez announced the top 10 sports that will receive a bigger share for the development of the sport.
Weightlifting has been bannered by Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz since the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Diaz was not given a chance to represent the Philippines in the 2017 SEA Games after the organizing committee in Malaysia scrapped the sport.
Judo continues to be one of the top medal sports in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games where Kiyomi Watanabe nabbed her 3-peat gold medal in the women's 57-63kg while 16-year-old Mariya Takahashi dethroned the 5-time gold medalist in her 2017 SEA Games debut.
2016 Olympians Kirstie Elaine Alora and Samuel Morrison continue to lead the consistent SEA Games podium finishers – the Philippine taekwondo team. Alora earned her 4th straight silver medal in the 2017 SEA Games after attempting to defeat Cambodian Sorn Seavmey since 2014. Morrison, on the other hand, copped the gold.
Gold medalists John Marvin and Eumir Marcial and silver-medalist Mario Fernandez led the Philippine boxing team to podium finishes in the 2017 SEA Games as well. (WATCH: Rappler Talk Sports: SEA Games boxers John Marvin, Eumir Marcial and Mario Fernandez)
There also has been a rise in watersports with Geylord Coveta and Illham Wahab winding up with a silver and bronze medals in the Sailing tournament of the 2017 SEA Games, thus wind surfing and surfing are listed for development as well.
Philippine archery has also been on the rise with 15-year-old Nicole Tagle grabbing the sole silver medal to add to the 4 bronze medals in the 2017 SEA Games.
Philippine athletics and swimming have consistently brought home numerous podium finishes in the SEA Games.
The Philippine National swimming team hauled in a total of 7 medals in the 29th SEA Games with James Deiparine topping it with a silver medals from the men's 50m and 100m breaststroke events. – Rappler.com