POC to field 160 athletes in 6th AIMAG in Thailand
The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has authorized a delegation of 160 athletes to compete in 21 of the 31 sports of the Sixth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) that Thailand is hosting from March 10-20 in Bangkok and Chonburi.
“We have assembled a delegation whose members are all potential for medals,” POC President Representative Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino said on Tuesday, stressing that the selection focuses on individual sports and ranked by weight.
“The goal is to build on the momentum of the success of the Tokyo Olympics and surpass our two gold medals won at the last AIMAG in Turkmenistan in 2017,” added Tolentino.
Margarita Ochoa (Ne-waza women -45 kg) and Annie Ramirez (Ne-waza women -55 kg) won both gold medals in Ashgabat, where 105 Filipino athletes competed in 17 of the 21 sports and won a total of 30 medals (14 silvers and 14 bronzes).
Hidilyn Diaz was part of the delegation to Ashgabat and won a silver medal in weightlifting. She again won the Asian Games in Jakarta 2018 and clinched the country’s first Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, where boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam won silver and Eumir Felix Marcial won bronze for best. performance of the Philippines at the Games.
The 21 sports where Filipino athletes are entered in Thailand are water sports, 3 × 3 basketball, billiards, bowling, chess, dance, e-sports, indoor athletics, indoor rowing, jiu-jitsu, karate, kickboxing, kurash, muay, pencak silat, sambo, sepak takraw, shooting, skateboarding, taekwondo and wrestling.
Thailand initially scheduled the sixth edition of AIMAG from May 21 to 30, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tolentino said he will present the Philippines team roster with chef de mission Ricky Lim, president of the karate association, during the online meeting between the presidents of the national Olympic committees and the chefs de mission on Wednesday. September 15.
Forty-five countries, including 18 from Oceania, are expected to send athletes to Thailand.
China is the all-time winner of AIMAG with 419 (204-119-96 gold-silver-bronze), followed by Thailand with 359 medals (108-106-145) and Kazakhstan 305 (103-92 -110).
The Philippines is ranked 18th with a total of 69 medals (8-26-35).