Jiu-jitsu practitioner Meggie Ochoa (from left), boxer Eumir Marcial and judoka Kiyomi Watanabe are gold-medal favorites in their respective sports should they participate in the 2019 SEA Games. File/PSC media; Issei Kato, Reuters

SEA Games: Winning 100 golds realistic, says top PH sports official

Date: January 31, 2019

Written By: Jean Russel V. David

A top national sports official on Thursday said the Philippines can hit the century mark for gold medals when it participates in this Southeast Asian Games at the end of the year, a competition it will host.

"We are capable of winning more than 100 gold medals," said Abraham Tolentino, the Philippine Olympic Committee chairman.

He added that the national boxers and martial arts practitioners are known to bring in the most titles at the Games.

Thirteen gold medals are at stake in boxing, while wushu offers 16, jiu-jitsu 11 and the traditional Filipino sport of arnis 20.

Karate is set to roll out 13 weight classes, muay 9 and pencak silat, indigenous to Indonesia, 9.

"I believe athletes from combat sports will deliver to help us achieve that goal," Tolentino said.

Raking in more than 100 gold medals normally equates to winning the coveted overall championship.

The Philippines won 112 gold medals the last time the country hosted the Games in 2005, a number enough to secure its first general title in the biennial competition.

Malaysia took home 145 gold and 323 total medals in the 2017 Games to achieve the feat.

This article first appeared in:   ABS CBN News

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