Philippine Open to serve as preview of 28th SEA Games athletics war

Mark Escarlote on Jan 27, 2015 05:20 PM
Philippine Open set as testing ground for 28th SEA Games
Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) president Philip Juico said that the Philippine Open will be a first look of the athletes that will participate in the Singapore Southeast Asian Games athletics competition.

Action in the coming Philippine Open Invitational Athletics Championships could be a preview of what's to come in the 28th Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. 

Over 1,500 athletes from a dozen countries will participate in the meet set from March 19 to 22 at the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna where 23 events will be on tap each in the men’s and women’s divisions.

Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa) president Philip Juico said that the meet will be a first look of the athletes that will take action in the SEA Games athletics competition on June.

“We expect this to be a very tough competition because this is where magkakasubukan na nga e. This is a preview of the athletic competition of the SEA Games,” Juico said Tuesday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.

“This is going to be interesting dahil nga sa Southeast Asian Games,” he said.

Entries will come from Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Myanmar, Brunei, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Chinese Taipei. There will two Malaysian squads according to Juico.   

“In fact most of the participating ASEAN countries will using the National Open as their own final tryouts for the SEA Games,” Juico added. “Yung Singapore nga I think will be coming with the full complement of their national team, mga more than 20 ata yun.”

Also present in the Forum were Patafa vice president Atty. Nicanor Sering, secretary-general Renato Unso, vice president for administration Cham Teng Young and marketing director Edward Kho.

Juico said that Fil-American thrower Caleb Stuart, sprinter Bryan Mercado and Eric Cray will join the Open for a slot in the national team.  

 

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