Two national athletes, Benildeans Hidilyn Diaz and Kirstie Alora, will be representing the Philippines along with the National Team in the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan starting Sept. 17.
In weightlifting, Olympic silver medalist Diaz will compete with countries such as China, Chinese Taipei, Korea, and Thailand—lifters the Zamboanga City native played against with in previous competitions. Meanwhile, Alora, who recently bagged silver in the 2017 SEA Games for Taekwondo, might compete in the E-Sports category if her schedule permits.
Alora and Diaz will be joining athletes like Rubilen Amit for billiards, Mervin Guarte for athletics, and Eugene Torre for chess, among the 108 Filipino athletes representing the country.
In addition, the Philippines will also compete in bowling, track cycling, tennis, dance sports, jujitsu, taekwondo, sambo, kickboxing, and wrestling. The nation will go against neighbor countries such as Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaysia, among others.
The tournament will take place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan from September 17 to 27 with an estimated 6,000 participating athletes.
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