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Philippines International Sporting Events in 2022

By January 16, 2022April 25th, 2022Sports events

After winning the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) overall championship, the Philippines continued to shine in their glory at the delayed Tokyo Olympics where weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the first gold medal country’s Olympics.

With the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, major sporting events will be rushed into 2022, which will hopefully allow more historic finishes to unfold for the Philippines.

Beijing Winter Olympics

The Philippines will be represented by Filipino-American alpine skier Asa Miller at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics which will be held February 4-20 in China as the country’s only qualifier.

Born and raised in the United States with Filipino roots, Miller will compete in the slalom and giant slalom events in his second stint at the Winter Olympics.

In the 2018 edition, he placed 70th out of 110 in the giant slalom event. He is also expected to carry the flag for the second consecutive time during the opening ceremonies.

The Beijing Olympics have been marred by protests due to human rights concerns in China and pullouts by major organizations like the National Hockey League due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Vietnam Sea Games

The Philippines are set to defend their overall title at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after winning a record 149 gold medals to bounce back from their dismal 24 gold medals at the 2017 edition.

The delayed regional biennial meet is set to take place in Hanoi from May 12-23 in a bubble configuration.

The country’s biggest names will finally see action again like weightlifting queen Diaz and world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo, the Philippines’ most decorated athlete in the 2019 edition.

Vietnam will host 520 events across 40 sports, while the Philippines will field 626 athletes to compete in 39 sports.

The Philippine Para team aims to finally join the regional biennial meet after the country canceled the hosting of the ASEAN Para Games due to COVID-19 in 2020.

world games

The Philippines have always been successful in their previous campaigns at the World Games, with the latest conquest being snooker player Carlo Biado’s gold medal at the 2017 edition.

Biado won the country’s first World Games gold medal by beating Britain’s Jayson Shaw, 11–7, to win the men’s 9-ball event. He was also the campaign’s only medalist.

He is slated to compete again at the July 7-17 event in Birmingham, Alabama.

The country will once again pin its hopes on Biado after he becomes the first Filipino to win the US Open Pool Championships since Efren Bata Reyes. At the 2021 edition of the prestigious pool meet, Biado performed a memorable comeback over Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp, 13-8, last September.

The Philippines has only won a total of 11 medals at the World Games, an international multi-sport event held for non-Olympic sporting events, since its inception in 1981.

Hangzhou Asian Games

The Philippines are hoping to prove their worth at the Asian level and surpass their four gold medals from the 2018 edition.

Asiad 2022 will be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10-25 and will feature 37 sports including breakdancing and esports.

Filipino athletes led the 2018 edition held in Jakarta, Indonesia, as golfer Yuka Saso recorded double gold in the individual and team events, while Diaz won her first gold medal. gold at the Asian Games. Margielyn Didal won the first women’s street skating gold medal at the Asian Games.

The Hangzhou Asian Games hope to feature the biggest revenge campaigns of the 2018 edition. Olympic boxing silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, who was controversially expelled, is aiming for Asian glory, pole vaulter EJ Obiena is aiming to claim his status as the Asian record holder and world champion gymnast Yulo is aiming for top honors.

The Philippine Para team is also hoping to surpass its historic record of 10 gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games after entering the competition with zero gold medals.

Shantou Asian Youth Games

China will host the Asian Youth Games (AYG) for the second consecutive time in Shantou from December 20 to 28.

The 2017 edition was to be hosted in Sri Lanka but had to be stripped of its hosting rights due to political interference by its government’s Ministry of Sports with the National Olympic Committee. Hosting rights were awarded to Indonesia instead, but with the hosting of the 2018 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia decided to postpone the event to 2021, before it was to again moved to 2022.

The country’s promising young athletes between the ages of 14 and 17 are looking to shine after the COVID-19 pandemic deprived them of local sporting events for the past two years.

They hope to succeed Pauline Lopez, AYG gold medalist and taekwondo star, as well as golfers Mia Legaspi and Princess Superal who won 1-2 finishes at the international meet. –