THE Philippines will only send national athletes with good chances of winning medals in the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games scheduled in May 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam.

At least that's what Philippine Hanoi Southeast Asian (SEA) Games chef de mission Ramon Fernandez wants to happen.

Coming from an overall championship feat in the 30th edition of the 11-nation biennial games held in the country in 2019, the Philippines is eyeing to defend its title in Vietnam.

The pressure is on for all 39 national sports associations (NSAs) to determine the athletes who deserve to be on the country's roster.

From the 1,115 Filipino athletes who competed in the 2019 SEA Games, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has reportedly submitted a list of 626 athletes in March this prior to the games' postponement.

The POC, the umbrella organization of all NSAs in the country, may have yet to come out with a final roster soon although submission of entry by numbers is slated in January, and submission of accreditation entry is scheduled in February next year.

Most participating NSAs have already started bubble training for their athletes where some Dabawenyos are also taking part while others have been competing in other international competitions as part of their preparations.

Davao Region’s athletes contributed about seven gold medals, six silvers, and six bronzes in the Philippine SEA Games 2019: Aiba 2019 Women’s World Boxing Championships 2019 gold medalist Nesthy Alcayde Petecio who also won a silver in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics; Rio Olympian and Incheon Asian Games boxing silver medalist Charly Suarez; arnisador Jezebel Morcillo; samboist Chino Tancontian; Filipino-Japanese judoka Mariya Takahashi of Davao Region captured golds for the country.

Inspired by the Tokyo 2020 Olympics' success and of that in the SEA Games, more Filipino athletes are expected to share the limelight and pull off surprises.

Excited to see more Dabawenyos compete in the Hanoi SEA Games and make us all proud once again!