PINANINDIGAN ng Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines ang nauna nilang pahayag na wawalisin nila ang walong ginto sa 30th Southeast Asian Games.
“Yes, we’re looking at sweeping all of our eight events in the SEA Games,” sabi ng presidente nitong si Monty Mendigoria.
Paliwanag niya, “I am confident of my projection because when we decided on what events to play, I was told by (Philippine Olympic Committee president) Cong. Bambol (Tolentino) to put in those where we can surely win the gold medal.”
Target umano ng grupo nila na maging ‘most bemadalled federation’ sa darating na biennial meet sa darating na November 30 hanggang December 11.
“And I can say that we are unbeatable in all of the events that we have included,” pagmamalaki pa ni Mendigoria.
Kinokonsiderang ‘powerhouse’ sa buong rehiyon ang Filipino skateboarders sa pangunguna ni Margielyn Didal, ang kasalukuyang kampeon sa women’s street event sa Asian Games, kasama sina Christiana Means, Jericho “Kiko” Francisco at iba pang magagaling na Filipino-foreign athletes mula Europe at United States.
Maliban sa mga nabanggit, hindi na pinangalanan muna ni Mendigoria ang iba pang miyembro ng national team upang hindi umano ma-scout ng ibang mga bansa gaya ng Thailand at Malaysia.
“We are very optimistic,” dagdag nito kasabay ang paninigurong pawang world-class ang mga isasabak nila.
Kaugnay nito, pinasalamantan niya ang all-out support ng Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) sa kanilang grupo.
“The PSC and chairman William Ramirez are behind us 150 percent. Although there are some delays, they still make sure to provide everything we need as far as our training and preparations for the Southeast Asian Games are concerned.”
“That’s why we are working hard. We want to repay the trust of the PSC and our private sponsors by coming up with a victorious performance in the upcoming SEA Games,” sabi pa ni Mendigoria.