THE Philippines’ chef de mission to the Southeast Asian Games believes the Filipino athletes can bag a total of 50 gold medals in the multi-sport showpiece next month in Singapore.
The country won only 29 gold medals in the 2013 meet in Myanmar but Julian Camacho, also the Philippine Olympics Committee treasurer, predicts a much better showing in the meet set June 5 to 16.
“We are thinking of around 50 or 50 plus,” said Camacho. “We will do our best.”
The Philippines last won more than 50 gold medals in the SEA Games back in 2005 when the country was the host, winning a total of 113 to capture the overall championship.
Camacho says the Philippines’ strongest bets in the SEA Games are aquatics, archery, athletics, basketball, billiards and snooker, boxing, cycling, golf, gymnastics, petanque, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting, softball, taekwondo, tennis, traditional boat race, triathlon, and wushu.
A total of 466 Filipino athletes — 277 men and 189 women — will compete in the Singapore SEA Games. Also in the delegation are 189 coaches and managers for athletes and teams competing in 35 of the 36 sports calendared.
“Everything is set,” said Camacho, who will leave this week for Singapore for the delegation registration meeting.
A send-off party for the Filipino athletes bound for the SEA Games will be held on May 27 at the Philsports Arena.