Tempered expectations

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    THE Philippine kickboxing team is tempering expectations in its Southeast Asian Games debut on Dec. 6-10 at the Astrodome.

    Samahang Kickboxing ng Pilipinas secretary-general Atty. Wharton Chan refused to say how many gold medals the team is capable of winning. He believes all team members have what it takes.

    “As much as we want to be confident, we also want to be modest. Our assessment for the SEA Games is that everyone would be a medalist,” Chan told the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum yesterday at the Amelie Hotel-Manila.

    “We hope and pray each and every athlete would be successful in their respective categories. Doon muna tayo mag-focus in promoting the sport as well as giving these athletes the break (they needed).”

    Among the members of the team present in the forum were Ruel Catalan, Karol Maguide, Jerry Olsim, and Rex De Lara, along with boxing coach Glenn Mondol.

    Completing the squad that will compete in full contact, low kick, and kick light are Jomar Balaguid, Jean Claude Saclag, and the women’s duo of Renz Daquel and Gina Iniong.