335-strong national team to represent Philippines at Asian Games

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 04 2018 01:44 AM

Kiyomi Watanabe (judo), Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting) and Carlos Yulo (gymnastics) will represent the Philippines in the Asian Games in Indonesia, which begin next month.

The country's delegation to the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia next month numbers 335 athletes, coaches and officials, the Philippine Olympic Committee has said.

Out of that total, 272 are athletes representing 31 sports with BMX rider Daniel Caluag, the lone Filipino gold medalist during the 2014 Games in South Korea, ready to defend his title.

Also expected to boost the team's campaign are the men’s and women’s dragon-boat teams, the women’s softball squad and the Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team.

Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz of weightlifting, jujitsu specialists Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez, judokas Kiyomi Watanabe and Mariya Takahashi, and gymnast Carlos Yulo have been tagged as medal favorites.

Among those dropped from the Asian Games-bound delegation are the 3x3 men’s basketball team and Southeast Asian Games taekwondo champion Samuel Thomas Morrison among others.

The 45-nation Asian Games on August 18 to September 2 will be played in Jakarta and Palembang.

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