Go For Gold sepak takraw team ready for SEAG buildup

The Philippine Star - - SPORTS -

The Philip­pine sepak takraw team will have a busy cal­en­dar ahead as it steps up its medal cam­pa­gin in the 30th South­east Asian Games in De­cem­ber with the back­ing of Go For Gold.

The 2016 world cham­pi­ons will be­gin their buildup in the Ara­fura Games in Dar­win, Aus­tralia on April 26-May 4.

“The key is to ex­pose our play­ers to as many overseas tour­na­ments as pos­si­ble so they gain more ex­pe­ri­ence against dif­fer­ent op­po­nents,” said sepak takraw pres­i­dent Karen Tan­chanco-Caballero.

Go For Gold god­fa­ther Jeremy Go has com­mit­ted all-out sup­port to sepak takraw’s buildup for the Games set Nov. 30-Dec. 11.

Af­ter the Ara­fura meet, both men’s and women’s squads 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 in Nakhon Rachasima, Thai­land where 31 coun­tries suited up.

Caballero said 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 Corp., the com­pany be­hind the Go For Gold project.

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