Merwin Tan, the nation’s bowling marvel, can skip the trials and nonetheless banner the crew certain for the approaching Vietnam Southeast Asian Video games (SEAG) after an excellent efficiency within the World Championships three months in the past for the bronze medal-winning Philippine squad netted him an outright slot.
“The coaches really useful Merwin as a certain wager to the approaching SEA Video games primarily based on his excellent efficiency within the worlds and achievements within the final SEA Video games,’’ mentioned Philippine Bowling Federation secretary normal Bong Coo.
Apart from the 22-year-old Tan, the opposite members of the nationwide squad will undergo the native affiliation’s inflexible tryouts set Feb. 15 to 19 on the AMF-Puyat Coronado Lanes at Starmall in Mandaluyong Metropolis.
Solely 4 males and 4 girls will achieve entry to the nationwide lineup for the SEA Video games in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Could 16-19, the place a complete of six gold medals within the women and men singles, women and men doubles, and men-women crew of 4 will probably be contested.
“Proper now, I can’t say what our medal goal is. We’ll know as soon as we’ve shaped the crew,’’ mentioned Coo, who is predicted to submit the lineup to the Philippine Olympic Committee no later than Feb. 20.
Expectations are working excessive for Filipino keglers to place up a terrific displaying within the SEA Video games following their two bronze medals within the 2021 Worldwide Bowling Federation Tremendous World Championship final November in Dubai.
Brief in 2019
These pair of bronzes within the males’s and girls’s crew occasions ended the 15-year medal drought of the nation on the world stage or since Biboy Rivera, who now coaches the crew, dominated the masters occasion in 2006.
Tan joined forces with Kenneth Chua, Patrick Nuqui and Ian Dychangco within the males’s crew occasion whereas Rachelle Leon and Mades Arles went up the rostrum with Norel Nuevo and Dubai-based Uella Marcial within the girls’s facet.
The Filipino keglers had been simply wanting a gold medal within the 2019 SEA Video games hosted by the Philippines when Tan, Chua, Nuqui and Frederick Ong wound up with a silver within the males’s crew of 4.
The PH girls’s crew of 4 composed of Alexis Sy, Liza del Rosario, Lara Posadas-Wong and Bea Hernandez positioned third.
Within the 80s and 90s, Philippine bowling loved great success with a collection of victories and championships within the worldwide scene anchored totally on the exploits of Paeng Nepomuceno and Coo, the Filipino athlete with the document most variety of medals received in abroad meets.
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