Manila Bulletin

Jiu-Jitsu fight­ers wel­come SEAG in­clu­sion

- By WAY­LON GALVEZ AN­NIE RAMIREZ Sports · Olympic Games · Vietnam · Namibia · Saudi Arabia · Philippines · Capiz

With five gold medals in the last South­east Asian Games, Jiu-Jitsu fight­ers wel­come the in­clu­sion of the sport in the cal­en­dar of events in the 31st SEA Games in Viet­nam next year.

Vet­eran An­nie Ramirez said that this is proof that the com­bat sport of Jiu- Jitsu is ac­cepted in the re­gion since South­east Asian fight­ers are world­class ath­letes.

“Madami na din sa South­east Asian ang nagko-com­pete and nananalo sa iba’t ibang tour­na­ments abroad like world cham­pi­onships, kaya masaya and na­pasama uli ang Jiu-Jitsu,” said Ramirez.

“Be­cause of that, we’re ex­cited and we’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to the 2021 South­east Asian Games… sana nga 2021 na para maka­pag-com­pete na uli kami, nakaka-miss na din.”

The SEAG Fed­er­a­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil in­cluded Jiu-Jitsu, to­gether with es­ports, triathlon and bowl­ing dur­ing a re­cent on­line meet­ing to the of list events for the 2021 SEA Games.

In the last SEA Games the coun­try hosted, the Philip­pines Team cap­tured five of the 11 gold medals at stake – three of seven in the men’s divi­sion and two of four in the women’s cat­e­gory.

Ramirez ruled the 55kg while Meg­gie Ochoa dom­i­nated the 45kg cat­e­gory.

In the men’s side, Carlo An­gelo Pena won the gold medal in the 56kg, Adrian Guggen­heim tri­umphed in the 77kg and Dean Michael Roxas took the ti­tle in the 86kg.

Ramirez said that they are ea­ger to re­turn to faceto-face train­ing. Al­though for now, they are fol­low­ing the gov­ern­ment pro­to­cols of on­line train­ing since there is dan­ger of be­ing in­fected with the coron­avirus, which forced lock­down on gov­ern­ments and sus­pended sports events.

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