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Soft tennis federation appeals for six athletes on Asiad team

THE Philippine Soft Tennis Association (PSTA) has appealed to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC)-Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Asian Games Task Force for the inclusion of six of its athletes to the 2014 Asian Games delegation.

PSTA Head Coach Jovie Mamawal met with members of the Task Force to justify their team’s spot on the delegation to the 17th Asiad set from September 19 to October 4 in Incheon, South Korea.

Mamawal said the PSTA athletes easily made the grade set by the Task Force by clinching one silver and five bronze medals in the Seventh Asian Championships in Chiayi, Cinese Taipei, from November 14 to 21, 2012.

A top five finish in Asian level tournaments is the Task Force’s principal criteria for inclusion on the delegation.

Mamawal said the PSTA intends to field five men and one woman to the Asian Games.

“Our players already qualified. Our Asian championships is held every four years, so the medals that they won are enough proof that our athletes have potentials,” Mamawal said.

Jhomar Arcilla and Noelle Conchita Corazon Zoleta settled for the silver in the mixed doubles in the Asian championships with the latter also clinching a bronze in the women’s singles and doubles with Divina Escala. Zoleta then teamed up with Deena Rose Cruz and Cheryl Macasera in placing third in the women’s team event behind Japan and Korea.

Arcilla was also a member of the bronze medal-clinching men’s team that included his brother Joseph—who also bagged the bronze in the men’s singles—Giovanni Pietro Mamawal, Mikoff Manduriao and Davis Alano. Japan won gold and South Korea bagged silver in the event.

The team is set to leave in July for a two-month training in South Korea before competing in the 2014 Incheon Soft Tennis Open.

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