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Philippines ‘virtual champ’

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With just three days left in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines is well on its way to become the overall champion in the biennial meet.

The country’s 90 gold medals (as of 10 a.m. Sunday) are more than triple the 24 produced in Kuala Lumpur two years ago.  More medals are expected from boxing, athletics, swimming and taekwondo.

Indonesia is running a far second with 49 golds while Vietnam has 47.

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) chair Steve Hontiveros is confident the Philippines already has the overall championship in the bag, noting that the other countries do not have much competitions left to get gold medals.

“We got this, we are overall champions,” said Hontiveros. “Other countries don’t have much left to get gold medals.”

Hontiveros also stressed that the country’s spectacular showing should spur the government and the private sector to pour in support for the national athletes.

“This should give interest to the government and the private sector as well to give support to all athletes because they will realize that the money they would spend will not go to waste,” said Hontiveros.

The country’s success in the 30th SEA Games, Hontiveros added, will not be possible if not for the resilience, dedication and patriotism of the athletes to give pride and honor to the Philippines.

“Credit is to the athletes who gave their best not only on competition day but on months of training,” said Hontiveros.

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