Two years on from its magnificent finish at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA), the Philippine national track and field team is determined to send only the strongest possible line-up to the resumption of the 11-nation sports festival next year. in Hanoi.
Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (Patafa) ensured that only the most competent bets fit Team Philippines in the 2022 SEA Vietnam Games after raising qualification standards at all scheduled Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships events on December 31st. 9-10.
Serving as Patafa’s national open championships, the Ayala Philippine Athletics Championships will see the country’s top track and field athletes at the Philsports Track and Field Oval in Pasig City, the agency’s first event since the start of the COVID-19 health crisis. year.
“We have raised the bar in all events because they will serve as auditions for the SEA Games. They have to meet these standards to earn places on the team, ” said Patafa president Philip Ella Juico.
Crowds will not yet be admitted during the two days of national testing in which over 160 tracksters of 19 events each for men and women will take part.
“This will be a new line-up for next year’s SEA Games, where we intend to support or even surpass our performance in previous SEA Games,” said Juico.
Team Philippines collected 11 gold medals, eight silvers and eight bronzes in the 2019 SEA Games held in Clark New City in Capas, Tarlac, so far the best production in the country in decades.
Juico made it clear that none of the current group of athletes under the Patafa program are guaranteed seats, including eight Filipino-foreigners based overseas as they will see action in the events they are based at as part of their trials.
At least 30 athletes will be enrolled as members of the National Athletics Team after the National Open Trials.
Olympians Eric Cray (400m hurdles) and Kristina Knott (200m) will open their respective bids in the US as will pitcher William Morrison, sprinters Zion Corrales Nelson, twins Kyla and Kayla Richardson, the pole vault Natalie Uy and Fil-Marocco Said and Yacine Guermali (800m and 1500m). INQ
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