MVP Sports Foundation hopes more Pinoys will qualify to Tokyo 2020

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2019 10:29 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 78 medals were won by Filipino athletes backed by the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) during the 30th Southeast Asian Games hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 11.

Athletes supported by the foundation came away with 35 golds, 29 silvers, and 14 bronzes to their name.

The foundation sees this level of success in the regional stage as a positive step towards higher level international competition, as it looks towards its ultimate goal of giving the Philippines its first taste of Olympic gold – especially with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics only months away.

"The MVP Sports Foundation will not cease on its support of the Filipino athlete and the Philippines' unrelenting quest to finally get an Olympic gold medal," MVPSF president Al Panlilio said in a statement.

"We're proud to have played a part in the success of select Filipino athletes in the Southeast Asian Games," he added.

Panlilio added that they "can't stop here," however.

"We will use this momentum to try and get even more Filipinos to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," he said.

MVPSF executive director Ryan Gregorio noted that many of the SEA Games gold medalists are also Olympic hopefuls.

"We're hopeful for those who can carry our flag in Tokyo," he said.

Among the athletes supported by MVPSF is Olympic-bound gymnast Carlos Yulo, who finished with two gold medals and five silvers in the SEA Games.

The MVPSF also supported the men's and women's basketball team, which completed a four-gold sweep of the 3x3 and 5-on-5 events. The boxing team produced 7 golds, 3 silvers, and 2 bronzes, while the weightlifting team had 2 gold medals, 3 silvers, and 2 bronzes.

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2019 SEA Games