SENDING members of the national team to Korea and Iran and tapping the services of another foreign coach are among the major priorities of the new leadership of the Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) under president Alvin Aguilar.
Secretary-general Marcus Valda, representing Aguilar in the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at Shakey’s Malate, said international exposure and the service of a highly-respected coach should play a big part in wrestling’s bid for a respectable finish in the Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Valda, a many-time Southeast Asian Games gold medal winner, said the association has submitted the names of Jason Balabal, Margarito Angana, Johnny Morte, and Alvin Lobrequito as possible entries in wrestling for the Asiad.
WAP is also planning to name two lady wrestlers who they are looking to send to Korea for training, while the men are possibly bound for Iran.
“We’re just getting started,” said Valda in the session presented by Accel, Shakey’s, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. “We’ll fix everything especially our national training program.”
Valda added Aguilar has also decided to bring back Korean coach Han Myung Woo, who mysteriously left after just two weeks in his job under previous federation president Juan Alberto Balde.
Woo is a wrestling gold medalist in the 1988 Seoul Olympics and is executive director of the Korean Wrestling Federation.
“But we hope to get another foreign coach soon,” Valda said.