PH capable of winning 100 golds in 30th SEA Games

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THE abundance of events in t h e coming 30th Southeast Asian Games is an opportunity for the national team to pool together a combined effort of 100 gold medals.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said the 520 events from 55 sports would give the Philippines a break to surpass the 100-gold barrier aside f rom p rov i d i n g the chance for lesser-known disciplines to shine.

“I believe we are capable of winning more than 100 golds,” said Tolentino, also the president of the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (Philcycling).

Filipino athletes assembled a total of 112 gold medals to seal the overall title when the country last hosted the 11-nation biennial meet in 2005.

“We’re actually looking to surpass that number,” added the Cavite representative and former mayor of Tagaytay City.

This year’s SEAG is scheduled November 30 to December 11 with Manila, Clark, Subic and BLT (Batangas, La Union and Tagaytay) tapped as designated hubs.

According to Tolentino, the 520 events are not yet cast in stone and will be finalized after the participating countries submitted the names of their entries a few months before the Games.

“If there are entries lesser than expected in a particular event, we will be obliged to scrap it,” said Tolentino. — Inquirer

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