BUOYED by its successful showing in the recent 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei last month, the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) is looking forward to the next edition in Napoli, Italy in 2019.
This early, FESSAP president David Ong said the schedule for early qualifying competitions in swimming is now being finalized by the FESSAP Aquatic Club seven-man working committee composed of Prof. Robert Milton Calo, Jim Justin Jalesburg Ang, Allan Soria, Ive Sta. Ana, Emer Matienzo, Dennis Antonio Cordero and Edgar Galeno.
“The FESSAP Aquatic Club working committee will announce the complete schedule and other pertinent information regarding our Universiade swimming team to Napoli, Italy as soon as possible. We want to start early,” said Ong.
Among the important matters to be decided by the seven-man working committee are the eligibility requirements , as well as competition rules.
Venue of the qualifying competitions will also be announced soon.
Meanwhile, FESSAP paid tribute to Filipino athletes and officials who took part in the Taipei Universiade during a dinner-party held at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila recently.
Present during the celebration was University of Baguio standout Jomar Balangui, who brought home the silver medal in the wushu competitions.
Balangui was joined by team official Elaine Chong, and teammates Gladys Sia, Abigail Faniega, Czarina Hagos, Sean Elijah Siy, Kelly Marcelo, and Conan Aieyt Chang Chua.
Under Ong and businessman-sportsman AlvinTai Lian , FESSAP brought honors to the country since the 26th Universiade in Shenzhen, China.
Balangui’s silver medal is also the country’s third medal since being formally accepted as FISU regular member in 2011.
“The wushu medal is a good addition to our gold medal in men’s chess by Grandmaster Wesley So during the 2013 Kazan Universiade and the silver won by Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison in men’s taekwondo in the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade.
“It really makes us proud to be a Filipino watching our flag being hoisted during the awarding ceremony along with China (gold), South Korea (bronze) and the United States (bronze),” Ong said earlier.