The Gilas Pilipinas pool to the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers February window is finally in full force.
All the 15 members of the national team pool that will be the basis of the lineup for the games against Australia and Japan on Feb. 22 and 25 respectively showed up during the daily practice at the Meralco Gym in Pasig on Tuesday night.
Twelve of them, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Japeth Aguilar, Matt Wright, Kevin Alas, Carl Cruz, and Jio Jalalon, took part in the practice proper, where they participated in scrimmages with African players led by former Ateneo player Chibueze Ikeh.
Troy Rosario also suited up in practice after a scary fall last week in TNT’s game against Phoenix, but he was limited to shooting drills.
“He’s cleared to practice, but he’s really not cleared to play,” said Coach Chot Reyes. “He’s cleared to do light workouts and shooting drills but not really full contact.”
Kiefer Ravena and Mac Belo also attended the training session, but they were relegated to observers.
Reyes then bared that Ravena called in sick.
Four members of the Gilas Cadets also joined the practice in CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Arvin Tolentino, and Kenneth Tuffin.
PH Marathoner Set to Brave North Pole Race
A Filipino athlete will try to brave the cold weather of the North Pole as he joins the FWD North Pole Marathon on April 9.
Forty-year-old Louie Sangalang was introduced to the media at the Mind Museum Auditorium in Taguig on Tuesday as the first Filipino to run a full 42-km. race throughout the northernmost point of the world.
“I’m very happy and excited to represent the country kasi (because) this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me,” said Sangalang, a cancer survivor who turned into sports to get his full strength back.
Aside from running, Sangalang is also into cycling, swimming — he is a triathlete — and even mixed martial arts. He once held the Universal Reality Combat Championship featherweight belt, aside from his running and triathlon trophies.
Currently, he is under the tutelage of personal coach Ige Lopez, renowned triathlon coach Ani Brown, Mt. Everest conqueror Romi Garduce, and TV and radio host Sam Gogna, who himself is a marathon runner.
“We’ve been training for this marathon by doing a lot of long runs,” Sangalang continued, baring that he added a trail run to his training.
On his preparations for the -30-degree Celsius temperature of the North Pole, Sangalang said, “We’re doing it in stages. The first phase is basically terrain and mileage. The second phase is going to be acclimatizing to the cold.”
Sangalang’s team will depart for Tromso, Norway on March 30 to start the acclimatizing phase. The team will then head to the Longyearbyen for the final stages of preparation before going to the North Pole for the race itself.
Young Athletes Urged to Become World-Class
World boxing legend Sen. Manny Pacquiao Monday urged young athletes competing in the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) in Davao City, to strive on becoming world-class athletes.
“When you focus on your dream don’t let the negatives and you should always be positive,” said Pacquiao who graced the ongoing regional meet in Davao City.
Pacquiao believes that the next world boxing champion or gold medalists for the 2020 Olympics will be coming from the region’s athletes The senator also shared with the athletes some values that are useful in achieving their goals.
First is discipline. Pacquiao said it is one of the important traits that an athlete should have because they will not be succeed without it.
He said if discipline is always present, their body, mind and even emotion will be prepared well.
Pacquiao said the focus is also important since it will help them achieve their set objectives in every game.
He said the athlete will not attain their goals if their attention will be divided in every training.
Lastly, resilience. He said this will help them rise in times of defeat.
Pacquiao said in every defeat, athletes should learn to accept defeats, rise and fight again since it is part of the game.
Pacquiao also emphasized the importance of preparation of every athlete in facing their battle.
This, as over 5,000 athletes gathered in the city to compete in the 21 sporting events to earn a spot for the Palarong Pambansa.
Winners of these sporting events will represent the Davao Region in the national games in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
Nat’l SCUAA Kicks Off in Antique
The National State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (SCUAA) formally opened in Antique province with around 7,000 student-athletes and coaches from all over the 17 regions of the country.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), National Youth Commissioner Dino Badilla said this sports event that would reel off until February 24 is a milestone to the history of Antique province and the University of Antique (UA) which for the first time is hosting this event.
“Hosting the National SCUAA is a milestone and pride of Antique,” Badilla said.
He said that other provinces had been hosting the National SCUAA for several times already but that Antique for a very long time had not hosted the national event.
“I am happy to be one of the organizers… to be a part of it,” Badilla said.
For the athletes, Badilla wished them well as they compete in the 21 sports events like archery, athletics, arnis, and badminton starting tomorrow.
“Sana may marami silang makilala na katunggali,” he said.
He also said that hopefully, they would learn more about their sports as they compete and that they would be able to bring home many good memories.
He said that athletes should do their best because not only would their tournaments be seen around the country but even by their family members outside of the country.
He also said that for UA, headed by President Pablo Crespo, they have very good preparations and hopefully more national sports events would be held in the province.
During the opening program, the 2,000 students of UA had their PASUC Unity Dance which was greatly admired by spectators.
Makati Congressman Monsour T. Del Rosario led the lighting of the friendship flames.
Antequera Duathlon 2018 Registration Until Feb 28
If Alicia had a trail run and an off-road bike race in two days, Antequera will do it in one: the Antequera Off-road Duathlon 2018.
Now promoted as a viable sports tourism destination, Bohol is at it again this summer, with another grueling race showcasing Antequera’s trails and immersion into locals in a run-bike run event.
Set at 6:30 AM this March 18, the 5 kilometer (km) run, 25-km bike and 3-km run speeds off in the classic leave no trace race: participants who litter could lose, so they must provide for their race provisions while organizers put up aid stations where participants can refill water bottles or hydration packs.
“We want this with least environmental impact, so participants are advised to pocket their litter and empty them at the aid stations, outside help from non-participants or spectator, like food, hydration, tools, or medical assistance from any person not directly involved in the event in the entire bike course is strictly prohibited,” one of the race organizers, Russel Villas, said.
“Even pacing from a non-competitor or vehicle is not allowed at any time on the bike course, participants may walk their bike if needed, but they can’t complete the bike course without their bikes,” he added.
Participants must complete the entire bike course unassisted, strictly following the designated track and specified as race course, or face disqualification, return to the transition area on the same mountain bike they started as a bike change would be ground for disqualification and immediate ejection from the race.
Open to participants 16 years old and above and who have at least trained or participated in an offroad race, the Antequera Duathlon is still accepting registrations until Feb 28 at Bohol Bike Shop in Tagbilaran.
For individuals, registration is at P600 and relay at P1,200, which includes race kit, finishers medal, jersey, and post-race meal.
Open for three categories, the race accepts 29 years old and below participants, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and 50 and above for the male category and 35 years old and below and 35 years old and above for females.
On March 18, at exactly 6:30 a.m. of March 18, the race clock officially stops at 1:00 pm of the same day, or 6 and a half hours after gun start, according to Vice Mayor Simon Leo Jadulco, head of the organizing team.
“Duathletes who are still on the road by the cut-off may still finish the race beyond and still get their finisher’s medal and shirt, but they will not be included in the official list of finishers as the race provides no time extensions,” he added.
As to the offroad bike segment, organizers said only 26, 27.5, 29 inch wheels mountain and fat bikes are allowed with minimum 1.9 tire size for the race.
Those using a tire size 1.9 below will be disqualified for a podium finish in all categories.
Concerned about safety, organizers also said “riders with bikes that have safety issues will be disqualified.”
With this, racers need to get their bikes checked-in at the transition area on March 17, Antequera Town Center from 3:00 to 5:30 pm, when they can also claim their race kits.
Another bike check-in will and race kit claims is set 4:00 am to 5:30 am on race day and upon mandatory two-hours before check in, race bibs, proper running and biking apparels, hydration bottle and helmets are also presented, personal audio devices, strictly prohibited.
All bikes must be checked-in and mounted on the racks at the transition area by 5:30 a.m. on race day, no extensions or late check-in of bikes are allowed.
Before that, participants may still have full access to their bikes before these are hung in racks at the transition area, which would not be removed until the start of the bike leg.
Race briefing is set on March 17 at 5:30 pm at the transition area and a carbo-loading dinner will be served later.
For Tagbilaran City based-bikers, a truck for bikes will be available only at 3:00 p.m. on March 17, 2018 from Rizal Park of Tagbilaran City, and will ferry the bikes back to Tagbilaran after the race on Sunday, according to duathlon organizers.
Campsites are provided at the plaza or at the Antequera Training Center for overnight stay.
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