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Rio Games vets sure of SEAG slots

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by Nick Giongco

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has laid out the criteria for the selection of athletes to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur but it didn’t look far different from the yardstick used in the past.

Task Force member Raymond Lee, secretary-general of karatedo, said yesterday that an athlete’s performance in the previous SEAG in Singapore (2015) will carry a lot of weight as long as he is on active status.

But this early, the TF likewise made it clear that the 13 athletes who campaigned in the Rio Olympics and all the medalists during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, are already seeded.

Of course, they all have to be active and competitive, said Lee, who was joined by Dave Carter of judo, also a member of the TF alongside Jonee Go, Robert Mananquil and Tom Carrasco.

Still, athletes vying for spots during the Aug. 19-31 sportsfest, will have to be on a winning mode as of late and in the coming months to be considered for selection.

Also to be prioritized are top performers in the Asian Beach Games, Asian championships and even those who fall under the tricky classification of “young and potential (medalists).”

However, the TF insists that they will try to weed out misfits to ensure that the cast will be competitive.

“We will be strict,” said Lee, aware that the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will not fund unqualified bets.

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