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Puentevella, SWP chief, says PH can win half of the load

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by Waylon Galvez

Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas (SWP) president Monico Puentevella is confident Filipino weightlifters are capable of winning half of the 10 gold medals at the stake in the Southeast Asian Games the country is hosting late this year.

However, the weightlifting chief said it could only be achieved with the proper training and preparation.

“Kung maganda ang ating preparasyon, at least half of those gold medals at stake happy na ako,” said Puentevella. [If we have good preparation, I’ll be happy with half of those medals.]

Six golds are up for grabs in the women’s division and four from the men’s.

Puentevella said he will ask fellow weightlifting officials from the Southeast Asian region to join him in asking the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) to reconsider the number of events in the men’s and make it six as well.

Puentevella will make the proposal during the World Weightlifting Championship in China this April.

“I’ll talk to them that we raise the number to six for the men’s division. I think it’s just a lack of communication with the SEA Games organizers because they should ask the heads of the national sports associations to know the number of events,” said Puentevella.

“We were surprised that they came out already with 10, instead of 12. We’re still hoping that they change it.”

Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Nestor Colonia will banner the country’s campaign in the SEA Games weightlifting.

Diaz won the silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil and the gold in the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, while Colonia is a gold medalist in the 2015 Asian Weightlifting Championship in Thailand.

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