THE local Wushu Federation is urging the Philippine Olympic Committee to hasten the line-up of athletes who will participate in the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Philippine Wushu Federation Baguio-Cordillera Chapter president Tony Candelaria told Sun.Star Baguio Friday morning that the line-up for the wushu team has yet to be approved by the POC. He is eagerly waiting for the list so he can start their training.
"Sana maaprubahan na kasi yung ibang mga Asian countries nasa China na para mag-train," Candelaria said.
The wushu national team is composed of at least 25 athletes. The WFP holds its annual national championships as part of its recruitment program.
This year, WFP recruited around 15 new athletes from Baguio, joining others from Mountain Province, Ifugao, Zamboanga, Iloilo, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro. They are quartered at the Rizal Memorial Complex in Manila.
The wushu team also accounted for four gold medals including two silver and three bronze medals in the recently concluded 25th Laos South East Asian Games.
The Philippine Sports Commission, on the other hand, is again poised to support a lean but mean delegation similar to the one it supported in Laos, which performed credibly.
The national SEA Games team was made up of 251 athletes with the PSC funding only 153 athletes. Still, the delegation reaped 38 gold medals in 21 of the 25 sports played in the Laos joust for a fifth place finish in the 11-nation field.
Performance will again serve as the basis for selection, with athletes' records screened against the medalists of the 2006 Doha Asian Games.
Under this plan, the PSC will be meeting with the officials of the NSAs, their coaches and athletes to determine who can be considered as candidates to the national pool.
"Ang labanan ngayon hindi na patsamba tsamba, kelengan mitindi rin ang ensayo," added Candelaria saying "we are confident that our athletes will once again prove their worth. Lahat ng mga atleta natin ay malakas ang tsansa."
The former movie actor said neighboring countries like Vietnam had already started training their wushu fighters in Chain for the tough competitions.
The local wushu federation on the other hand received P20,000 from Mayor Reinaldo Bautista Jr. for their recent finish but they have yet to receive their cash incentive from the coffers of the City Government.