7 Muay golds in SEAG-- Why not?

January 17, 2019

AS host country, the Philippines is expected to  win  more medals if  not claim the overall championships of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games slated from Nov.30 to Dec.11.

And one of the sports associations willing and ready to accept the challenge is Muay Association of the Philippines (MAP), which promised to win six or seven gold medals for the country.

“Pinaghahandaan na ng Muay Association of the Philippines ang darating na  SEA Games kung saan may 11 events ang muay,” said  national coach  Preciosa Delarmino during Thursday’s “Usapang Sports” hosted by the Tabloid Organization  in Philippine Sports (TOPS) at the National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila.

“We have a chance of winning the gold in more than half of the events, especially the women events.”     

Delarmino was referring to women athletes Rudza Abubakar of Zamboanga in the 45-kg and Jenelyn Olsim of Baguio in the 54-kg division in the combat event.

She also noted that the tandem of Mariah Trenyce Co and Rusha Mae Tarrate of Baguio is also favored to bag the gold in the wai kru (Thai boxing dance) event.

Delarmino was joined in the weekly forum also supported by the National Press Club and the Philippine Sports Commission by Mardel Claro, the country’s first international muay technical official.         Claro added that MAP has lined up a series of tournaments here and abroad to  fine-tune the  SEA Games-bound muay athletes.

“We have the Arafura Games in Australia in April, the IFMA (International  Federation of Muay thai Amateur) Senior World Championship in  Bangkok, the World  Martial Arts in Korea in August, the IFMA Youth in Turkey in September and of course, the SEA Games in November,” Claro said.

“Locally naman, we have the Visayas leg in Cebu next month, Mindanao leg in Butuan in July, Luzon leg in Olongapo in April, the Beach Games in Iloilo also in April, the  Southern Luzon and NCR leg in June, Women’s Martial Arts Festival in October and PSC’s Batang Pinoy and Philippine National Games.     

All the medalists here will compete in the national championship which was moved to February because of the SEA Games schedule.”

Also present at Usapang Sports were PSC commissioner Celia Kiram and Cynthia Carrion of the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP), who talked about the success of women in sports in 2018.    

The weekly “Usapang Sports” is a project of TOPS, the newest sports media organization composed of sports editors, writers and photographers from  the countrys’ leading tabloids.

Heading TOPS are  Ed Andaya of People’s Tonight, president; Beth  Repizo of Pilipino Star Ngayon and Dennis Eroa of  Inquirer/Bandera, vice-presidents;   Edwin  Rollon of   Balita, secretary;  Nympha Miano-Ang of   Bulgar,  treasurer; and   Ferdz de los   Santos of  Abante,  auditor.