THE Southeast Asian Games Task Force has recommended a total of 187 athletes from 22 sports to the biennial meet set from December 11-22 in Myanmar.
Traditional boat race has the most number of athletes who passed the Task Force criteria of sure and potential gold winners with 40 followed by athletics with 20.
Taekwondo has 15 followed by cycling (14), basketball (12), and boxing (10).
Aquatics, archery, billiards and snooker, chess, equestrian, golf, judo, karatedo, muay, pencak silat, rowing, sailing, sepak takraw, weightlifting, wresting, and wushu round up the sports events on the list.
The Task Force actually submitted 526 athletes in the “entry by number” list to the organizers, but the figure is expected to go down when actual names of athletes are submitted in October.
The “entry by number” list included 40 from football, opening the door for the sport to be still included in the SEA Games lineup should it succeed in justifying its inclusion to the Philippine delegation.
Like football, badminton, canoe/kayak, shooting, and table tennis have also been included on the “entry by number” list.
The fast-rising sport of volleyball along with body building, and hockey, and the non-traditional sport of kempo, traditional chinlone, and vovinam failed to make the list.