SEA Games-bound boxers seek for prayers

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013


NATIONAL athletes sought for prayers from fellow Filipinos as they left on Wednesday to compete in the 27th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Myanmar that will officially open on December 11.

Advance matches, however, will be conducted in a few sports days before the opening ceremonies of the biennial meet.

China Open 2013 champion Nesthy Alcayde Petecio, who was silver medalist in the 2011 Games in Indonesia, wrote on her Facebook wall: "Philippine boxing team going to Myanmar napo. Suportahan niyo kami. Need your prayer po. Salamat!"

The Davao del Sur native earlier posted that they are competing not for themselves but for the country.

"Ipagdasal niyo po kaming lahat na mga atleta ng Pilipinas. Ang laban po namin na ito ay para po sa bayan at sa aming pamilya at sa mga nasalanta ng Bagyong Yolanda at lindol," Petecio said.

Former Asian Games champion Rey Saludar, meanwhile, said on his Facebook status dated December 1: "Dec. 4 byahe na kami papuntang Myanmar para sa darating na SEA Games. Ipagdasal niyo po kaming lahat na mga boxers. Babae at lalaki na magkaroon kami ng gintong medalya na maiuwi namin sa Pilipinas."

Saludar joined the national team after his sterling performances as a mainstay of the Brgy. Una Boxing Team of Davao del Norte. (MLSA)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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