THE Philippine rowing team is facing a big problem as they prepare to plunge into action in the 2013 Southeast Asian Games after their competition paddles were broken apparently during the flight to Myanmar.
According to a report by DZSR Sports Radio, three paddles made of carbon fiber and graphite were inexplicably damaged during the flight bound to Myanmar.
“Hindi basta basta nababali ito. Baka nagulungan,” said head coach Ed Mayrina in an interview with DZSR, while adding it has never happened before to the team that won one gold medal in 2011 SEA Games in Indonesia.
A paddle doesn’t come cheap, Mayrina said, as it costs $50.
Mayrina said they will try to borrow from their fellow rowers competing in the SEA Games but it will require certain adjustments on the part of the rowers.
“Pero iba ‘yung effect kapag iba ‘yung gaan tsaka length,” said Mayrina.
The rowing competitions are set December 14 to 17 at the Ngalike Dam in Naypyitaw.