PH Olympic body lines up 626 athletes for SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 13) – The country will send 626 athletes, competing in 39 out of 40 sports, to the 31st Southeast Asian Games in November in Vietnam, according to the Philippine Olympic Committee.

The POC submitted on Wednesday the list of athletes to the Philippine Sports Commission. More athletes were added to the original list of 560 mentioned by POC President Bambol Tolentino in February.

Tolentino said the 66 additional athletes were an offshoot of discussions with national sports associations and PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez, chef-de-mission for the Vietnam SEAG.

He said the list will be submitted to the Vietnam SEA Games Organizing Committee on March 23 and the final lineup will be determined by September.

Athletics has the biggest delegation with 63, or 38 are men and 25 women. Basketball will send 38 athletes, 15 per gender in the 5x5 competition and four per sex in the 3x3 wars.

Badminton has six while billiards and snooker eight (six men, two women); bodybuilding ten (five men, five women); bowling six (three men, three women); boxing 13 (eight men, five women); canoe-kayak 19 (14 men, five women); chess 16 (eight men, eight women); Chinese board game xianqi four; cycling 39 (32 men, seven women).

Dancesport will have eight athletes (four men, four women); esports (16 men, two women), fencing 24 (12 men, 12 women); football 28 (14 men, 14 women); golf 7 (four men, three women); gymnastics 25 (10 men, 15 women); handball ten men; judo 18 (nine men, eight women); jiu-jitsu (four men, two women); karate 15; kickboxing 12 (six men, six women); kurash 10 (five men, five women).

Muaythai will have 12 athletes (five men, seven women); pencak silat 16; rowing 14 (nine men, four women); sepak takraw six men, shooting 16 (ten men, six women); table tennis three men; taekwondo 24 (12 men, 12 women); tennis eight (four men, four women).

Triathlon/duathlon will comprise of eight athletes (four men, four women); volleyball 30 (15 men, 15 women); beach volleyball six (three men, three women); Vietnamese ethnic martial arts vovinam six (four men, two women); weightlifting 14 (seven men, seven women); wrestling 13; and wushu 21 (nine men, 12 women).

The country bagged 149 golds, 117 silvers, and 121 bronzes for a championship overall finish in SEAG history, after getting its maiden title in 2005 also at home.