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Fittest to be PH flag-bearer?


by Waylon Galvez

Asian Games gold medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Yuka Saso and Margielyn Didal and gymnast Carlos Yulo are the candidates for flag-bearer of Team Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games the country is hosting for the first time in 14 years late this year.

Monsour del Rosario, chef de mission of Team PH, said yesterday that a task force composed of officials from the Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sports Commission will make the final decision.

“They’ve given the country honor, and whoever will be picked will lead us during the opening ceremony,” said Del Rosario, on his second stint as CDM following the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games or AIMAG in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

(L-R) Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal and Yuka Saso

(L-R) Hidilyn Diaz, Margielyn Didal and Yuka Saso

Diaz, Saso and Didal highlighted the country’s campaign in last year’s Asian Games in Jakarta when they bagged gold medals in their respective sports – Diaz in weightlifting, Saso in golf and Didal in skateboard.

The 17-year-old Saso actually captured two golds as she anchored the women’s team to a dramatic finish.

Yulo, the 18-year-old dynamo of a gymnast, gave the country its first podium finish in the World Championships in Doha, Qatar last year when he bagged the bronze medal in the floor exercise, becoming the first Filipino and Southeast Asian gymnast to pocket a medal. #SEAG2019

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