Obiena, Cray, Diones to deliver golds (May 22, 2017)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sea Games

Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico has marked hurdler Eric Cray, pole vaulter EJ Obiena and triple jumper Mark Harry Diones to deliver the golds while picking 17 other nationals to reach the medal podium of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.

Juico believes the improvement of these tracksters stemmed from the dedication of the national coaches to train them along with American foreign coach Rohsaan Griffin.

“I credit this good showing by our athletes to our hardworking national coaches together with Rohsaan Griffin,” said Juico.

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Top guns for PH in SEAG – Padilla (May 16, 2017)
Rey Bancod [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Sea Games

Two young shooters are hoping to end the country’s eight-year gold medal drought in the Southeast Asian Games.

Jayson Valdez, 21, and Amparo Acuna, 19, are tipped to contend for medals in their respective events when the biennial Games are held in August in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

“They are our best bets in shooting,” said Nathaniel “Tac” Padilla, the last Filipino shooter to win gold in 2009.

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PSC: hosting of SEA Games a lot better this time (May 09, 2017)
June Navarro [ Source: Inquirer ]

Sea Games

Philippine Sports Commission Chair Butch Ramirez is positive that the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be so much better than the previous one.

Ramirez briefed Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri on the hosting of the biennial Games and the things needed to put up an efficient organizing committee.

“I think this will be more organized than the one we hosted before,” said Ramirez, who sat down with Zubiri on Monday and provided the senator with an overview of what needs to be done in the next two years.

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Zubiri appointment quells doubts on PH hosting of 2019 SEA Games (May 05, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Senator Migz Zubiri. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/JOAN BONDOC

Doubts on the Philippine hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games were finally extinguished Thursday after President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Sen. Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri as chairman of the country’s organizing committee.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chair Butch Ramirez confirmed that Zubiri would be in charge of setting up the organization in collaboration with the Philippine Olympic Committee and the PSC, the sports-financing agency of the government.

“The senator will call a meeting with the POC and the PSC anytime next week,” said Ramirez, who got the confirmation from Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

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Sea Games

MANILA — Filipino Olympians Eric Shauwn Cray and Mary Joy Tabal lead the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association’s (Patafa) sure list of athletes who will represent the Philippines in the coming Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur in August.

Cray set the SEA Games record in the 400 meters with a time of 49.4 seconds back in 2015, while Tabal qualified for the Games by virtue of her four-peat feat in the Milo Marathon National Final last year.

Patafa secretary-general Renato Unso said during Tuesday's Philippine Sportswriters Forum at Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City that the two were already included in the short list of athletes who are medal prospects in the biennial regional meet to be held in Malaysia.

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Fil-Ams warned: No Open stint, no SEAG (March 30, 2017)
Joey Villar [ Source: Philippine Star ]

Members of the national team grace the opening ceremony of the 2017 Ayala-Philippine Open Invitational Championships witnessed by a huge crowd at the Ilagan City Sports Complex yesterday.    JUN MENDOZA

ILAGAN, Isabela , Philippines  — The athletics association threatened to drop Fil-Ams Kayla Richardson and Caleb Stuart from the Philippine team to the Southeast Asian Games if they fail to show up in the 2017 Ayala-National Open Invitational Athletics Championships.

Track and field association president Philip Ella Juico said they have ordered all SEAG aspirants to prove their worth in the National Open.

“Present policy is, no participation in the National Open, no chance for a slot in SEA Games,” Juico said before leaving for Bangkok for the Asian Athletic Association meeting.

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Track team good for 10 golds (March 14, 2017)
Waylon Galvez [ Source: Manila Bulletin ]

Fil-American hurdler Eric Cray, winner of two gold medals in the Singapore Games, will again lead the national track and field team that is hoping to win at least 10 golds in the Kuala Lumpur Games this August.

Track and field coach Sean Guevara predicted yesterday that the Philippines will double its gold medal output in athletics, from five gold medals to 10, in the coming Southeast Asian Games.

“Kayang doblehin,” said coach Sean Guevara yesterday while overseeing several athletes training at the Philsports Complex (formerly ULTRA) in Pasig City. “Tingin namin kaya ma-abot ang 10 gold medals.”

“Kasi yung mga nag-gold na in the last SEA Games malamang na makasama naman uli sila sa national team based sa criteria na nilabas ng officials natin. Nag-improve na din naman yung mga nag-silver and bronze natin na malaki na ang chance for the gold medal this time,” he added.

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