SEA Games: The 31st Southeast Asian Games will begin on Thursday. On Friday. However, two Philippine football teams and a beach handball team will participate at separate sites. The men’s beach handball team will face Thailand at 4 p.m. on Friday at the Tuan Chau Resort Ha Long in Quang Ninh. In Group A play, the football team will face Timor Leste at the 20,000-seat Viet Tri Stadium in Phu Tho. Both events take place in Hanoi. The beach handball has wished by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino. Good luck to the men’s football athletes as they begin their country’s bid. It will defend its overall title at the Southeast Asian Games, initially slated for November. However, due to the pandemic, they were postponed.

Abraham Tolentino said, “I wish our ‘Fighting Team Philippines’ the best of luck.”

SEA Games: He’ll arrive in Hanoi on Wednesday before the 40,000-seat My Dinh Stadium hosts the opening ceremony. The exact location where Vietnam hosted the biannual games for the first time in 2003. Tolentino also reminded the Philippine team’s 641 members to keep safe in the face of COVID-19. According to Tolentino, three sportsmen tested positive following their RT-PCR testing. And after a second test, the third has yet to come back negative. Their names and sports were kept hidden. Medical inspections, weigh-ins, and technical discussions for the kickboxing events begin on Friday. With competitions scheduled for Sunday at the Bac Ninh stadium, around 100 kilometers from Hanoi’s primary hub. Joanna Franquelli, coach and training director of the Philippine Handball Federation, stated the goal is to improve on the bronze medal finish at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in Subic.

Training director of the Philippine Handball FederationJoanna Franquelli said. “We have a chance to finish on the podium again, but everything is uncertain.” “All I ask is that we stick to our game plan against anyone.”

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After Thailand, the Philippines will face Vietnam at 5 p.m. on Saturday and Singapore at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The 9th of May. The Philippines will also encounter Thailand at 4 p.m., Vietnam at 5 p.m. the next day, and Singapore at 4 p.m. on the final day.

Moreover, the 10-member team comprises Jamael Pangandaman, Josef Maximillan Valdez, Mark Vincent Dubouzet, and Andrew Michael. Also, Harris, Rey Joshua Tabuzo, Manuel Lasangue Jr., Dhane Miguelle Varela, Van Jacob Baccay, John Michael Pasco, and Daryoush Zandi. Their coaches are Aurora Adriano, Luzviminda Pacubas, and Tomas Luis Telan. On May 11, the final beach handball match will take place.

SEA Games: The Azkals under-23 team, led by Norman Fegidero, will face defending champion Vietnam on Sunday at 8 p.m., with Myanmar following on Tuesday at 4 p.m. They finish the group stage against Indonesia on May 13 at 4 p.m. The SEA Games’ football disciplines are limited to under-23 athletes, but each country may send two athletes from its senior squad.

Lastly, Stephan Schrock, 35, and Joven Bedic Hervas, 31, manage a squad that includes Enrique Fernandez, Enrico Alaanon, and Scott Schrock. Philip Galang, Francis Palogan, Jaime Domingo, Christian Mangaron, Sandro Miguel Sison, Geri Veliganio, Jacob Reyes, Matt Ocampo, Miguel Antonio Pangcog, Quincy Boltron, Jayvee Solon, Yrick Rapisura, Jermi Navarro, Dennis Salazar, Oliver Saludares, and Oskari Kekkonen are among the members of the group.

For the first time since 1991, the Philippines hopes to get to the semifinals.

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