It will be a busy 2019 for the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) as the organization prepares for three major tournaments that will test the mettle of the country’s national softball teams.
Particularly in the spotlight are PH Blu Girls, who will continue their quest for a spot at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The Blu Girls are slated to see action at the Women’s Asia Cup happening from May 1 to 7 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with the top six teams will move on to the Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifier in Shanghai, China.
Meanwhile, the Blu Boys, fresh from a stellar 2018 season, is one of the formidable contenders for the World championships slated in June. By end of the year, both teams will see action as the Philippines host the Southeast Asian Games.
ASAPHIL president Jean Henri Lhuillier is confident on the chances of both teams.
“For the past two years, both the Blu Girls and Blu Boys have grown tremendously, proving the world that the Philippines can challenge some of the most powerful softball teams,” Lhuillier said.
Under Lhuillier’s tutelage, both national teams have improved their skills—thanks to the continuous training, exposure to tournaments and material support made available by the sports patron.
On top of the upcoming tournaments, ASAPHIL has begun its grassroots program reaching out to local softball teams of all ages across the country in order to discover, train and retain the next line of future softball superstars.