JEMYCA Aribado and Yvonne Dalida bagged the lone gold medal for the Philippines in the 2nd South East Asian Cup Squash Championship last January 11 to 17 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
Aribado and Dalida captured the mint in the women’s jumbo doubles, a feat hailed by Philippine squash officials as a landmark for the sport that has struggled to break through in the international scene for several years.
The national team added a silver and two bronzes in the annual event.
“We won the gold considering that we don’t have a jumbo doubles court in the Philippines at all and we still managed to win a gold. It was unexpected,” said Squash Rackets of the Philippines president Bob Bachmann during Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate.
“In Europe and the US, it’s called international doubles. It’s the same length of court but just wider. Jumbo doubles is more popular in Asia. Singapore and Malaysia have several jumbo doubles courts,” explains Bachmann, incidentally the son of the late basketball great Kurt and brother of Alaska team manager Dicky.
Aside from winning gold in the women's jumbo doubles, Aribado, a 22-year-old college student at University of Makati, also captured the bronze in the women’s individual, duplicating her feat in last year’s Southeast Asian Games in Singapore.
Robert Garcia and David Pelino placed second in the men’s jumbo doubles. The Philippines also captured a bronze in the mixed team event.
Bachmann added in the forum also presented by San Miguel Corporation, Shakey’s, Accel, and Pagcor that the team is looking to join this year’s Asian Team Championship in May and the Asian Junior Individual Championship in August.