Sepak takraw ready for SEAG buildup

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The Philip­pine sepak takraw team, backed by Go For Gold, will have a busy cal­en­dar this year as it in­tends to claim the ul­ti­mate prize in the 30th South­east Asian Games.

Kick­ing off its hec­tic sched­ule is its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ara­fura Games in Dar­win, Aus­tralia on April 26-May 4 where the tough­est teams are ex­pected to com­pete.

“The key is to ex­pose our play­ers to as many over­seas tour­na­ments as we can for them to gain more ex­pe­ri­ence against a va­ri­ety of op­po­nents,” said Pilip­inas Sepak Takraw As­so­ci­a­tion Inc. pres­i­dent Karen Tan­chanco-Ca­ballero.

Go For Gold’ Jeremy Go, the team’s god­fa­ther, is com­mit­ted to throw his all-out sup­port to sepak takraw’s buildup for the 11-na­tion Games on Nov. 30-Dec. 11 to be held in the cities of Clark, Su­bic and sev­eral venues in Metro Manila.

Right af­ter their cam­paign in the Ara­fura meet, both the men’s and women’s squads are bound to set up camp in South Ko­rea and Thai­land for a few months be­fore join­ing sev­eral leagues in Thai­land.

They brought home a sil­ver and three bronze medals from the 2018 King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Cham­pi­onships held in Nakhon Rachasima, Thai­land where the tough­est sepak per­form­ers from 31 coun­tries suited up.

Ca­ballero bared that they had tapped new ath­letes purely for ex­po­sure, but the team still came up with good re­sults.

“With more games and tour­na­ments com­ing up, they are re­ally bound to im­prove in time for the SEA Games,” said Go, also the vice pres­i­dent for mar­ket­ing of Power­ball Mar­ket­ing and Lo­gis­tics Cor­po­ra­tion, the com­pany be­hind the Go For Gold project.

Sea­soned play­ers Rhey­jey Or­touste, Ron­sited Gabayeron, Em­manuel Es­cote led the men’s team along with Joshua Gleen Bullo, Alvin Pan­gan, John Carlo Lee and John John Bo­bier.

Join­ing the squad, also backed by Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion, are John Jef­frey Mor­cil­los, Joeart Ju­mawan, Nestleer Ban­di­vas, Chris­tian Ge­orge En­cabo and Regie Rez­nan Pabriga.

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