The forthcoming Asian Games in Indonesia will hold test events in eight sports starting tomorrow and the Philippines has entered 37 athletes in the competition.
These Filipino athletes will compete in four of the eight sports during the test events designed to simulate the real competition in the 18th edition of the continental meet on Aug. 18-Sept. 2.
The Philippines will field athletes in athletics, boxing, pencak silat and taekwondo while archery, volleyball, weightlifting and 5×5 basketball will also be played.
Indonesia will host the Games in the cities of Jakarta and Palembang.
Southeast Asian Games decathlon gold medalist Aries Toledo leads the 12-man track and field squad along with former Asian long jump queen Marestella Sunang and former 400m SEAG champion Archand Christian Bagsit.
Other members of the athletics team present are Janry Ubas, Mark Harry Diones, Jomar Udtohan, William Galceran, Francis Medina, Clinton Kingsley Bautista, Ryan Bigyan, Michael Carlo Del Prado and Anfernee Lopena.
Rio Olympian Kirstie Elaine Alora heads the cast of Pinoy taekwondo jins together with Christian Al Dela Cruz, Jenar Torillos, Keno Anthony Mendoza, Darlene Mae Arpon, Rheza Aragon, Rhezie Aragon, Jessica Canabal and Keybert Lee Lumbania.
Alora was a bronze medalist in the 2010 Asiad in Guangzhou, 2014 Incheon meet and last year’s Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
For pencak silat, SEAG gold medalist Dines Dumaan will compete in the Tanding men’s 45kg to 50kg category, joining Alvin Campos, Alfau Jan Esmael Abad, Princesslyn Enopia, Precious Jade Borre, Yale Alanano, Glenn Gunan, Cherry May Regalado, Trisha Marie Leda and Alamohaidib Abab.
Track and field will see action at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, the hub of the Games, while taekwondo and boxing are scheduled at the Jakarta International Expo. The Padepokan Pencak Silat Centre will host pencak silat.
Joining them are Team Philippines chef de mission Julian Camacho, coaches John Paul Lizardo and Carlos Jose Padilla of taekwondo, Romeo Brin and Elias Recaido Jr. of boxing, George Noel Posadas, Sean Guevara and Rohsaan Eugene Griffin of athletics and pencak silat coaches Diosdado Cantomayor and Alexis Martin Patano.