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Around 300 Filipino athletes heading for 18th Asian Games

Date : 12 Jun 2018

Manila, Philippines, June 12, 2018: The Philippines is planning to send around 300 athletes to the Olympic Council of Asia’s 18th Asian Games in Indonesia this August. According to a provisional list of entries ahead of the final deadline of June 30 for “Entry by Name”, the Philippines will be represented by 285 athletes, comprised of 141 females and 144 male athletes.

However, Philippine Olympic Committee officials are still waiting for the confirmation of the basketball team – which is the country’s most popular sport. When confirmed, this will take the total to over 300 athletes in 33 sports.

According to the list provided by Pinoy Sports Updates, the highest number of athletes for one sport is 27 (13 female, 14 male) for dragon boat/canoe kayak, followed by 24 in women’s volleyball. The next most popular are taekwondo (18: 9-9) and softball (17 female athletes).

With the Philippines preparing to host the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games in 2019, sports officials are keen to expose their athletes to top-level competition in Asia’s biggest sports event, while also observing the organisation and operation of such a major international multi-sport event.

The 18th Asian Games 2018 will run from August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang, capital of South Sumatra province, with 40 sports, 67 disciplines and 463 events.

*In other news from the Philippines, Jann Mari Nayre has become the first table tennis player to qualify for the IOC’s 3rd Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, this October. “You made history! Well done,” commented Pinoy Sports Updates on their Facebook page.

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