The Philippines at the 2019 SEA Games Opening Ceremony

Philippines to Send Their 2nd-Biggest Athlete Delegation to SEA Games

The Philippines will be competing in all the 2023 SEA Games events as they will send 905 athletes to Cambodia this May.

On Wednesday, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president, Bambol Tolentino, confirmed that the Philippines will be sending 905 athletes and 257 officials to Cambodia for the upcoming 32nd Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games).

This will mark the Philippines’ second-biggest athlete delegation in their SEA Games history.

The highest number of athletes the country has sent in the past reached 1,115 in 2019 when the Philippines hosted the event. That year, the Filipinos finished with the most gold medals in the tournament, becoming the overall champion for the first time in 14 years.

However, in the previous SEA Games edition in Vietnam, the Philippines only sent 656 athletes, finishing fourth in the gold medal tally.

The Philippines' medalists at the 31st SEA Games
The Philippines’ medalists at the 31st SEA Games. (Photo credit: PSA on Facebook)

Now, the country will be sending another big delegation to the Games. Further, with 905 athletes to represent the flag, the Philippines will be competing in all 38 events in Cambodia.

“I’m confident these are all fighting athletes,” Tolentino expressed during the General Assembly. “They will be competing in all the events despite the odds.”

When the Philippines sent over 1,000 athletes in 2019, the country won 149 gold medals, 117 silver, and 121 bronze. In addition, in the previous SEA Games, with just 656 athletes, they brought home 52 gold medals, 70 silver, and 105 bronze.

Now sending more athletes to represent Team Philippines in all events, all delegates will certainly be striving for another successful run from May 5 to 17.

Banner image from AFP.

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