KASUNOD ng training camps sa ibang bansa at ng paglahok sa mga prestihiyosong international tournament, ang Philippine Sepak Takraw team ay kumpiyansang makasusungkit ng gold medals sa nalalapit na 30th Southeast Asian Games na gaganapin sa bansa sa Nov. 30-Dec. 11, 2019.
“I’d say that this is by far the most thorough, well planned and most funded campaign of our NSA (national sports association) in the recent years,” wika ni Pilipinas Sepak Takraw Association, Inc. President Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.
“From the team composition, coaching staff, international training camps and foreign coaches plus several international exposure competitions, we have exhausted whatever support we can give to the PH Team to give them a strong fighting chance for golds in the SEA Games. Thanks for Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and private/corporate sponsors,” dagdag pa niya.
Matapos ang kanilang kampanya sa Arafura Games sa Darwin, Australia, ang men’s at women’s squads ay kapwa nagsagawa ng camp sa South Korea at Thailand sa loob ng ilang buwan bago lumahok sa ilang liga sa Thailand para hasain ang kanilang kakayahan.
“We went to train with several strong clubs in Thailand as part of our training camp and exposure (to actual tournaments). We also trained with Team Korea,” ani Tanchanco-Caballero.
“We had a rigid training and periodization that started summer of this year with a month-long training camp in Korea. April to May. Then, we were back in Manila for the morning and afternoon training session of skills and strength and conditioning. The team then left for Chonburi, Thailand in a camp that lasted three months from August to early November,” sabi pa niya.
Anim na golds ang nakataya sa SEA Games – 4 sa men’s at 2 sa women’s – kung saan ang lahat ng ito ay lalahukan ng Philippine team.
Mangunguna sa kampanya ng Flipinas sina 2016 world champions at senior/seasoned athletes Jason Huerte, Rheyjey Ortouste, Mark Joseph Gonzales at Ronsted Gabayeron.
“The team is now back in the country and on to the last stretch of their daily training in Subic Gym, testing the actual competition venue for SEA Games. They will stay there all the way na until game time from Dec. 1 to 10,” anang sepak tekraw chief. CLYDE MARIANO