No time to panic as PH chef de mission counting on boxers, rider to end gold-medal drought
PH Chef De Mission Ritchie Garcia is still counting on boxing, taekwondo, and BMX as possible sources of gold medals for the country in the 17th Asian Games. Reuben Terrado

INCHEON, South Korea - Philippine chef de mission Ritchie Garcia remains optimistic about the country’s campaign in the 17th Asian Games here even as a gold medal remains very elusive for the 150-man Filipino athletes.

Garcia, also the chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), pointed out that several Philippine teams haven't even seen action yet in this quadrennial conclave.

A week since action kicked off, the Philippines has only produced two silver and a bronze medal, all courtesy of wushu through Daniel Parantac, Jean Claude Saclag, and Francisco Solis.

Garcia cited boxing, a consistent medal producer for the country, as it still has five fighters still in contention for medals.

“Five of six isn’t a bad ratio,” he said.

And then there’s more.

Garcia said BMX rider Daniel Calauag will still see action on October 1 while taekwondo and rugby are still set to be played, with the last batch of Filipino athletes checking in at the Athletes’ Village on Friday.

Golf could also be a potential source of the elusive gold with Princess Superal and Mia Legaspi both in the hunt for medals.

“There’s karatedo and BMX cycling which could still give us gold medals. So, until the games are over, we should strive hard to win here,” Garcia said.

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