June 23, 2018, 10:37 am
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Criteria retained for Asiad hopefuls

THE criteria drawn up to screen national team hopefuls to the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia in August will be retained, according to squash chief Robert Bachmann, the deputy chief of mission of the Philippine contingent to the continental sports showcase.

“New national team chief of mission Richard Gomez and I agreed that the criteria (for the Asian Games) was sound so (we) decided to keep them,” said Bachmann, who met with the fencing head for the first time last Friday at the Philippine Olympic Committee office inside the Philsports Complex in Pasig.

The criteria, he added, was drawn up by wushu secretary general and POC treasurer Julian Camacho, who submitted his courtesy resignation as national team chief of mission after Jose Cojuangco Jr. lost the POC presidency to boxing chief Ricky Vargas last Feb. 23.

Vargas then appointed Gomez and Bachmann, who supported his candidacy, as the new point men of the national squad to the quadrennial meet.

“Among those in the old criteria was including individual athletes who won at least a silver medal in the last Malaysia Southeast Asian Games as well as being quarterfinalists in a major international championship in team sports,” Bachmann bared.

Based on those two conditions alone, the Philippine national women’s volleyball team that reached the quarterfinals of the Asian women’s volleyball championship hosted by the country last August would make the grade.

Bachmann also disclosed that the POC also sent the Indonesian Asian Games organizers “our entry by name because the deadline they set was last Friday.

“Richard has set our second meeting for this coming Friday.”

Gomez earlier said that he had hoped the final composition of the national team would be formed by the end of June for the Asian Games set Aug. 18 to Dec. 2 in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and the South Sumatran provincial capital of Palembang.

Filipino-American BMX rider Daniel Caluag gave the country its lone gold medal in the last edition of the meet held in Incheon, South Korea four years ago.
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