The Southeast Asian (SEA) games, a multi-sport event participated by 11 countries including the Philippines, has been one of the most thrilling sports events in the continent. Each year, the country and its athletes aim nothing but to bring home the bacon and honor for their fatherland.
As the Southeast Asian Games 2015 ended, Philippines ranked 6th out of the eleven participating countries. The games took place last June 5 to 16, 2015 in Singapore.
Boxing, taekwondo, basketball, billiards, softball and sailing are among the sport events that went fruitful in acquiring gold medals. Triathlete Claire Adorna was the first to win a gold medal for the Philippines in the games, and was the one to hype up the country’s enthusiasm.
Although Team Philippines was not able to bring home the aimed 50 gold medals, having 29 was good enough, considering the controversial downfall of the divers who scored zero in men’s springboard competition.
The number of gold medals earned was the same as with the 2013 games. However, according to Rappler, the Philippine Sports Commission chairman, Richie Garcia, stated that the expected place of the Philippines either third or fourth. This year, the country sent twice as many athletes as last year’s.
One of the identified improvements of the Philippines’ engagement in sports is the participation of men’s and women’s teams in softball, water polo, and volleyball, among others, which reckoned more than a hundred athletes, reported INQUIRER.net.
Thailand made history of being the champion having 95 gold, 83 silver and 69 bronze medals. They were followed by Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia, respectively.
It was in 2005 when the Philippines won first in SEA Games. After the tough games, the Philippine athletes are strong-willed to finally rank first when SEA Games 2017 in Malaysia will take place.