MANILA -- The Philippine squash team may still be able to produce 2 gold medals despite the cancellation of 2 of their events in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.
Squash president Robert Bachmann admitted that delays in the completion of a squash facility inside the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex hampered their chances in the prestigious biennial meet.
In fact, they were forced to cancel two events – the jumbo doubles and mixed doubles – where they have a chance of winning gold.
With that, only five events will be played in the SEA Games -- the men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s team, women’s team and mixed team event.
But Bachmann is still confident they will still be able to win medals.
“We have good chances in men’s singles,” he said. “If Jemyca Aribado would play well, we might also clinch a gold in the women’s singles.”
Aside from Aribado, also seeing action are Robert Garcia, Reymark Begornia, Alyssa Dalida, David Peliño, Christopher Buraga and Jimmie Avila.
The target completion date of the squash facility is now on March 1, 2020, forcing the Squash Rackets Federation of the Philippines to move their SEA Games matches to the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.
Despite the delays, Bachmann remains grateful to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
“Yes, it is unfortunate that the facility being constructed inside the Rizal Memorial will not be completed in time for the SEA Games,” said Bachmann.
“But at the same time, we’re also lucky because we now have a place we can call home. We have been renting competition and training venue for the longest time and through the effort of the PSC, we were finally given a new facility that we can use in future events.”
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