Team PHI expected to win at least 50 gold medals in SEAG
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 24, 2017 06:57 PM
“Realistically 400, and we’ll only suggest to bring the best, try to bring people who can really bring home medals -- Chef De Mission Cynthia Carrion
The Philippines is looking to send more than 400 athletes to this year’s Southeast Asian Games, all with potentials of delivering medals from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.
Newly-appointed Chef De Mission Cynthia Carrion said out of the total number, she expects to get a total of 50 golds or more in a bid to improve the country’s sixth place finish during the Singapore edition of the biennial meet two years ago.
The Filipino athletes won 29 golds, 36 silvers, and 56 bronzes in 2015.
“Realistically 400, and we’ll only suggest to bring the best, try to bring people who can really bring home medals,” said Carrion, president of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP), in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum Tuesday at the Phoenix Golden Hotel at the Mall of Asia complex.
“I want to surpass 50 (golds),” she added.
Tom Carrasco, who represents the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) in the SEA Games Task Force, is a bit conservative about the medal projections not until the selection of athletes is over.
“It’s premature to make projections right now,” said the former Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) president and now secretary-general, who was with SEAG Task Force member Raymund Lee of Karate during the session presented by San Miguel Beer, Accel, Shakey’s, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.
However, Carrasco said it would be good for the country’s campaign if non-traditional sports such as pencak silat, lawn balls, muay, water skiing, would be able to deliver outside of the traditional events played in the Olympics and Asian Games.
“We get three or five golds at the most, bonus na sa atin ito,” said Carrasco, lamenting the absence of traditional boat race and dance sports, which were left out by the host country in the list of events.
Carrion will be leaving for Malaysia next month for the ocular inspections of the different venues on Feb. 18-19. Either one of his deputies in Robert Bachmann and Dave Carter will accompany her to Kuala Lumpur.