Team Philippines aims for 45 gold medals in Singapore SEA Games
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 13, 2015 06:22 PM
Team Philippines is expected to haul at least 45 gold medals in the 28th Singapore Southeast Asian Games on June 5 to 16.
Chef-de-mission Julian Camacho has set a target mark of at least 45 gold medals for the Philippine contingent to the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore
Camacho said that Team Philippines aims to surpass the dismal seventh place finish, the country’s lowest in SEA Games history, two years ago in Myanmar where the Filipino athletes hauled 29 gold, 34 silver and 37 bronze medals.
“We’re not really putting out a prediction but for sure we will do better than the Myanmar SEA Games,” Camacho said during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
Preparations and training of the Pinoy athletes is expected to kick into high gear as the biennial meet set on June 5 to 16 draws closer.
Filipino bets will compete in 33 of the 36 sports lined up in Singapore where 402 gold medals are at stake.
“We can do it if everybody performs well. We have to work hard and aim high,” he said.
The Philippines won the overall title when it hosted the SEA Games in 2005 but has gone down the ladder the past few years.
Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam are expected to crowd each other at the top while Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, and the Philippines jockey for position.
“I don’t think Singapore is aiming for number one but it can land in third or fourth,” said Camacho.
The SEA Games management committee is in the process of filling up the names of the Pinoy athletes who will vie in Singapore.
From the initial number of 700 athletes, Camacho said it is expected to be narrowed down to a maximum of 400 by April.