Pinoy athletes touch down in Singapore for 28th SEA Games
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 03, 2015 05:22 PM
Pinoy athletes touch down in Singapore
Former world billiards champions Efren “Bata” Rayas and Rubilen Amit and ex-Asian long jump queen Marestella Torres banner the main batch of the Philippine contingent that is scheduled to arrive here on Wednesday and Thursday for the 28th Southeast Asian Games.
The multi-titled Reyes, Amit and Torres were among the 232 athletes and officials who were set to touch down here yesterday before they swing into action on Saturday following the opening ceremonies on Friday.
Aside from athletics and billiards and snooker, also arriving yesterday were the teams from boxing, judo, petanque, rugby sevens, sepak takraw, shooting, softball, lawn tennis, triathlon and wushu.
Another 58 athletes and officials will arrive tomorrow together with gymnastics chief and deputy chief of mission Cynthia Carrion.
They include the remaining members of the shooting team, triathlon and the popular women’s volleyball squad led by Alyssa Valdez, who will be the country’s standard-bearer during what promises to be colorful inaugural rites of the 28th edition of the regional sportsfest.
“We want to make statement that Philippine volleyball is back in the SEA Games,” noted Philippine Olympic Committee first vice president and Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, Inc. president Joey Romasanta, who batted for Valdez as the flag-bearer.