Foreign exposure keys Sepak Takraw buildup for SEA Games
The Sepak Takraw national team is set to join a number of international tournaments including the Arafura Games in Australia that is part of its preparation for this year’s Southeast Asian Games here.
Backed by Go For Gold, the national team aims for the gold medal in the 30th biennial meet and foreign exposure is part of its preparation to solidify the squad, which ruled the World Championships in 2016.
“The key is to expose our players to as many overseas tournaments as we can for them to gain more experience against a variety of opponents,” said Pilipinas Sepak Takraw Association Inc. president Karen Tanchanco-Caballero.
“With more games and tournaments coming up, they are really bound to improve in time for the SEA Games,” said Go, also the vice president for marketing of Powerball Marketing and Logistics Corporation.
The said Arafura Games will be played in Darwin on April 26 to May 4, a tournament that will help strengthen the Nationals as it expects to gather the best in the world.
After the Arafura tournament, the men’s and women’s teams will likewise into training camp in South Korea and Thailand, then will see action in several events in Thailand.
In last year’s King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championships, the men’s and women’s teams bagged silver and bronze medals – a tournament that gathered 31 national teams.
Part of the men’s team are John Jeffrey Morcillos, Joeart Jumawan, Nestleer Bandivas, Christian George Encabo and Regie Reznan Pabriga, while the women’s side will have Mary Melody Taming, Abegail Sinogbuhan, Gelyn Evora, Josefina Maat, Jean Marie Sucalit, Jea Mae Pepito, Jocielle Fernandez, Aisa Sabellita, Allyssa Bandoy and Lhaina Lheil Mangubat.
Aside from Go For Gold, the national team’s participation in various competitions is the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).