FESSAP eyes early build-up

  • Written by Graham Lim
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BUOYED by its successful showing in the recent 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei last month, the Federation of School Sports Association of the Philippines (FESSAP) is looking forward to the next edition in Napoli, Italy  in 2019.

This early, FESSAP president David Ong said the schedule for early qualifying competitions  in swimming is now being finalized by the FESSAP Aquatic Club  seven-man working committee composed of  Prof. Robert Milton Calo, Jim Justin Jalesburg Ang, Allan Soria, Ive Sta. Ana, Emer Matienzo, Dennis Antonio Cordero and Edgar Galeno.
“The FESSAP Aquatic Club working committee will announce the complete schedule and other  pertinent information  regarding our Universiade swimming team  to Napoli, Italy  as soon as  possible. We want to start early,” said Ong.
Among the important matters to be decided by the  seven-man working committee are  the eligibility requirements , as well as competition rules.
Venue  of  the qualifying competitions  will also be announced soon.
Meanwhile,  FESSAP paid tribute to Filipino athletes and officials  who took part in the Taipei Universiade  during  a dinner-party  held  at  the National Press Club  in Intramuros, Manila recently.
Present during the celebration was University of Baguio standout Jomar Balangui, who brought home the silver medal in  the wushu competitions.
Balangui was joined by team official Elaine  Chong, and teammates Gladys Sia, Abigail Faniega, Czarina Hagos, Sean Elijah Siy, Kelly Marcelo, and Conan Aieyt Chang Chua.
Under  Ong and businessman-sportsman AlvinTai Lian , FESSAP brought honors to the country since the 26th Universiade in Shenzhen, China.
Balangui’s silver medal is also the country’s third medal since being formally accepted as  FISU regular member in 2011.
“The wushu medal is a good addition to our gold medal in men’s chess by Grandmaster Wesley So during the 2013 Kazan Universiade and the silver  won by Samuel Thomas Harper Morrison in men’s taekwondo in the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade.
“It really makes us proud to be a Filipino watching our flag being hoisted during the awarding ceremony along with China (gold), South Korea (bronze) and the United States (bronze),” Ong said earlier.