MANILA -- The Philippines will send a lean but mean delegation for the 1st Youth Olympic Games slated August 14-26 in Singapore.
Philippine Amateur Swimming Association president Mark Joseph, the country’s chief of mission to the Games, said the representatives include four in three-on-three basketball, two in swimming, and one each in taekwondo, badminton and weightlifting.
The young athletes are cagers Michael Tolomia, Ray Bobby Parks, Jeron Teng and Michael Anthony Pate; swimmers Jasmin Alkhaldi and Jessie King Lacuna; jin Kirk Barbosa; netter Jeson Patrombon; and lifter Patricia Llena.
“The Youth Olympic Games is for 14-18 year olds so what’s different about these youth Olympians is that their dreams are really alive and very fresh,” Joseph told reporters at the Philippine Sportswriters Association forum in Manila.
The athletes will be accompanied by a coach in each sport. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)