Del Rosario confident of forming competitive PH team for Asian Indoors despite proximity to SEAG
Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario is confident Team B players will be able to contend for medals, but is hoping top athletes would also suit up for the Philipines in the Turkmenistan meet.

THE Philippines is aiming for at least a top 15 finish in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games even as the composition of the national delegation is yet to be finalized due to the proximity of the multisports event to this year’s Southeast Asian Games.

Filipino athletes will see action in the fifth edition of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games set September 17 to 27 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, while the SEA Games in Malaysia is slated August 19 to 31.

The top athletes are naturally focused on the SEA Games, but Makati Rep. Monsour Del Rosario, the Philippine delegation’s chef de mission to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, is confident officials can still assemble a competitive team.

“Medyo malapit ang competition sa SEA Games. I’m hoping that the Team A athletes will still compete and represent in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Kung hindi, ‘yung Team B siguro ang ipapadala,” said Del Rosario, also the secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association.

“I’m hoping we can still come out in the top 10 to 15 sa medal standings,” said Del Rosario, who will be assisted in the delegation by deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes of karatedo.

Out of the 21 sports, the Philippines is expected to compete in 18.

The Philippines looks to bag medals in 3-on-3 basketball, bowling, chess, cue sports, dance sports, equestrian, futsal, indoor athletics, ju-jitsu, muay, powerlifting, short course swimming, taekwondo, tennis, track cycling, and wrestling.

Sports officials added they will check if the country would be able to send athletes to compete in kickboxing, sambo, and kurash.

Forty-five nations are seeing action in the multisports event.

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