Friday, January 27, 2017

Is Singapore Ready for 2017 SEA Games Boxing?


Singapore boxing team is preparing for the August biennial meet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

As part of its preparation for SEA Games, team Singapore has recently joined the 3rd Hong Kong City Cup International Boxing Tournament 2017. 

Of all the four boxers who had reached the finals of their respective categories, two boxers were successful in their campaign and won their respective categories. The final bouts were held last January 15 at the Boxing and Judo Room, Pei Ho Street Sports Centre.

2015 SEA Games bronze medalist Leong Jun Hao defeated Chinese Taipei's Mai Chia Hao in the finals of the light welterweight (64kg) category while 21-year old Sayyid Qabeer Shah Bin Mahmud also won in the finals by beating two-time Hong Kong City Cup winner Guo Yingjie from China. 

Aside from Leong and Sayyid, other Singaporean boxer who made to the podium was Commonwealth Youth Games quarter-finalist Prithiv Raaj Elansharan. He was defeated by China's Wen Zifeng in the finals of light flyweight (49kg) category.  

Leong Jun Hao of Singapore (Right)


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Brunei Open Fencing Championships 2017

The Brunei Open Fencing Championship 2017 was held at the Indoor Stadium of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas from January 9 to January 14. The tournament was participated by more than 90 fencers from 7 countries.

The team of Chulalongkorn University from Thailand emerged as the over-all champion with 3-gold, 2-silver and 1-bronze medals. Second place went to University of Santo Tomas team from the Philippines with 3 golds, 1 Silver and 5 bronze medals, while the Brunei Muara team placed third over-all with 2 golds, 2 silvers and 7 bronzes. 

In 4th place was Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines) with 1 Gold, 1 Silver& 1 Bronze medals. University of the East (Philippines) came 5th place with a gold and a silver medal. Tied in 6th place were Blade KL (Malaysia) & Sabah (Malaysia) with 1 Gold & 1 Bronze medals each. 7th place went to team Myanmar with 2-silver and 1-bronze medals. In 9th and 10th places were Athos (Brunei) with a silver and Hong Kong with a bronze medal respectively.

Below were the winners of each respective categories.

Men's Individual Foil
Photo via Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation
  • Gold - Jin Quan Lim (Malaysia)
  • Silver - Min Thita (Myanmar)
  • Bronze - Qawi Iskandar (Brunei)
  • Bronze - Jacob Villanueva (Philippines)

Women's Individual  Foil
  • Gold - Ploypailin Thongchampa (Thailand)
  • Silver - Pyu Pyu Aung (Myanmar)
  • Bronze - Sheung Yan Chan (Hong Kong)
  • Bronze -  Amirah Sofea Ahmad Fuad (Malaysia)

Men's Individual Sabre
  • Gold - Eric Brando (Philippines)
  • Silver - Hardiwan Shah Rahim (Brunei)
  • Bronze - Muhd Haziq Asahrin (Brunei)
  • Bronze - Matthew Domantay (Philippines)

Women's Individual  Sabre
  • Gold - Maylene Pailama (Philippines)
  • Silver - Allaine Nicole Cortey (Philippines)
  • Bronze - Precious Sapungan (Philippines)
  • Bronze - Cherie Manago (Philippines)

Men's Individual Epèe
  • Gold - Francisco Simon Borja (Philippines)
  • Silver - Michael De Leon Tan (Philippines)
  • Bronze - Muinuddin Masri (Brunei)
  • Bronze - Wine Thet Aung (Myanmar)

Women's Individual Epèe
  • Gold - Neeracha Niemcharoen (Thailand)
  • Silver - Sasithorn Tiebpia (Thailand)
  • Bronze - Laura Simon (Malaysia)
  • Bronze - Kanyapat Meechai (Thailand)

Photo via Brunei Darussalam Fencing Federation
Men's Team Sabre
  • Gold -  Brunei A
  • Silver - UST (Philippines)
  • Bronze - Brunei B
Women's Team Sabre
  • Gold - University of Santo Tomas (Philippines)
  • Silver - Muara (Brunei) 
  • Bronze -

Men's Team Foil
  • Gold - Sabah (Malaysia)
  • Silver -Athos (Brunei)
  • Bronze -
Women's Team Foil
  • Gold -Brunei
  • Silver - Thailand
  • Bronze - University of Santo Tomas (Philippines)

Men's Team Epèe
  • Gold -  UST (Philippines)
  • Silver -  Brunei A
  • Bronze - Brunei B
Women's Team Epee
  • Gold - Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)
  • Silver - Muara (Brunei)
  • Bronze -

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

🏀 ASEAN Basketball League Update | Standings


CDMs to visit SEA Games venues next month


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has released the full schedule for the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games – seven months ahead of the competition.

And next month (Feb 18-19), all the chefs de mission of the 11 participating nations will visit the venues for the Aug 19-31 Games.

“The CDMs will be here to discuss a few issues related to the Games, We’ll talk about the technical handbook, transportation and competition venues,” said Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar after the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games secretariat co-ordination meeting yesterday.

“After the visit and meetings, the CDMs will return to their countries to brief their national sports associations and team managers on what to expect here in August.”

A total of 38 events are contested this time. Three countries – Thailand, Singapore and hosts Malaysia – will feature in all the events.


Source link:  http://www.thestar.com.my/sport/other-sport/2017/01/25/cdms-to-visit-sea-games-venues-next-month/

🏀 #RoadToFIBAAsiaCup 🏀
 

Three countries to feature in all 38 sports in 2017 SEA games

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Three countries namely Thailand, Singapore and hosts Malaysia are set to feature in all 38 events contested in the 2017 SEA Games to be held this August.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar also said that four main clusters would host a large number of events except for two sports — equestrian endurance and sailing — which would be held outside Klang Valley.

The clusters are Kuala Lumpur Sports City which is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim and also Putrajaya, which will host the water games — water-ski and wakeboard.

“Terengganu will host the equestrian endurance events while Langkawi will host the sailing events...So far we have received 8,777 entries for the upcoming SEA Games,” he told reporters after attending a coordination meeting with the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Secretariat, here, today.

On the same note, Tunku Imran said the first meeting of Chef-de-Mission (CDM) of the contingents will be held from Feb 18-19 here to discuss a few issues related to the SEA Games such as including a technical handbook, transportation and competition venues.

Tunku Imran pointed out that during their visit, the CDMs would be brought to visit all four clusters including the newly-built Nilai Velodrome in Negri Sembilan, which will host the track cycling, road races and also BMX events.

“From there, they (CDM) will return to their countries and brief their respective sports association and team managers on what exactly will happen in August,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 Secretariat chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said some of the competition venues could only be tested by the national athletes after they are handed over by the contractors.

He said the Kuala Lumpur Sports City would only be handed over to the secretariat in June.

“If we are unable to organise pre-games competitions, will ensure testing can be done on the facilities, timing systems and others. Some of the venues were already ready last year.

“Like for Judo, the facilities and counting system for points were ready and tested in December. As for the others we are planning to do the testing from May to June...so far, we have not received requests from other countries on venue testing,” he said.

The 2017 SEA Games will be held from Aug 19-31.


— Bernama (via hwww.themalaymailonline.com)
 

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 — Three countries namely Thailand, Singapore and hosts Malaysia are set to feature in all 38 events contested in the 2017 SEA Games to be held this August.
Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) president Tan Sri Tunku Imran Tuanku Ja’afar also said that four main clusters would host a large number of events except for two sports — equestrian endurance and sailing — which would be held outside Klang Valley.
The clusters are Kuala Lumpur Sports City which is located in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Mitec) in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Halim and also Putrajaya, which will host the water games — water-ski and wakeboard.
“Terengganu will host the equestrian endurance events while Langkawi will host the sailing events...So far we have received 8,777 entries for the upcoming SEA Games,” he told reporters after attending a coordination meeting with the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Secretariat, here, today.
On the same note, Tunku Imran said the first meeting of Chef-de-Mission (CDM) of the contingents will be held from Feb 18-19 here to discuss a few issues related to the SEA Games such as including a technical handbook, transportation and competition venues.
Tunku Imran pointed out that during their visit, the CDMs would be brought to visit all four clusters including the newly-built Nilai Velodrome in Negri Sembilan, which will host the track cycling, road races and also BMX events.
“From there, they (CDM) will return to their countries and brief their respective sports association and team managers on what exactly will happen in August,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 Secretariat chief executive officer Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong said some of the competition venues could only be tested by the national athletes after they are handed over by the contractors.
He said the Kuala Lumpur Sports City would only be handed over to the secretariat in June.
“If we are unable to organise pre-games competitions, will ensure testing can be done on the facilities, timing systems and others. Some of the venues were already ready last year.
“Like for Judo, the facilities and counting system for points were ready and tested in December. As for the others we are planning to do the testing from May to June...so far, we have not received requests from other countries on venue testing,” he said.
The 2017 SEA Games will be held from Aug 19-31. — Bernama
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/sports/article/three-countries-to-feature-in-all-38-sports-in-2017-sea-games#sthash.CXvgsOhu.dpuf

Monday, January 23, 2017

6th Southeast Asian Open Archery Championships 2017

The 6th Southeast Asian Open Archery Championships 2017 was held in Yangon, Myanmar from January 19 to January 24. The tournament was organized by Myanmar Archery Federation.

The event was participated by Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and host Myanmar. Non-SEA nations like Hong Kong also participated in this tournament. 

Philippines took the over-all championship with 3 golds, 3 silvers and 1 bronze medals. Host Myanmar got 2 golds, 3 silvers and 4 bronze medals to occupy 2nd over-all. While 3rd place over-all is Vietnam with 2 golds and 1 silver medal. 

Malaysia won 2 golds and 1 bronze medals came 4th. Singapore took 1 gold in men's team event while Thailand settled with 2 silver and 1 bronze medals. 

Below were successful archers in this tourney.

Individual Events

Team Philippines
Men's Individual Recurve
Gold - Zariif Syahiir (Malaysia)
Silver - Denchai Thepna (Thailand)
Bronze - Nay Lin Oo (Myanmar)

Women's Individual Recurve
Gold - Kareel Hongitan (Philippines)
Silver - Mary Queen Ybañez (Philippines)
Bronze - Nicole Tagle (Philippines)

Men's Individual Compound
Gold - Thach Phi Hung (Vietnam)
Silver - Yen Ka King (Hong Kong)
Bronze - Lau Chi Hung (Hong Kong)

Women's Individual Compound
Gold - Le Ngoc Huyen (Vietnam)
Silver - Aung Ngein (Myanmar)
Bronze - Yaw Sein Yeh (Myanmar)

Team Events

Men's Team Recurve
Gold - Malaysia
Silver - Thailand
Bronze - Myanmar

Women's Team Recurve
Gold - Philippines
Silver - Myanmar
Bronze - Hong Kong

Men's Team Compound
Gold - Singapore
Silver - Philippines
Bronze - Myanmar

Women's Team Compound
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Vietnam
Bronze - Hong Kong

Mixed Events

Mixed Team Recurve
Gold - Philippines
Silver - Myanmar
Bronze - Malaysia

Mixed Team Compound
Gold - Myanmar
Silver - Philippines
Bronze - Thailand

Draw for Final Round of AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifiers Concluded



AFF Futsal Championship 2016

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Venue: Indoor Stadium Huamark
Group Preliminaries
Day 1 Results (Jan.23,2017)
  • Group A: Thailand 11-2 Timor Leste
  • Group B: Myanmar 6-1 Laos
  • Group B: Malaysia 6-5 Indonesia 
Day 2 Results (Jan.24, 2017)
  • Group A: Brunei 6-8 Timor Leste 
  • Group B: Indonesia 3-6 Myanmar
  • Group B: Malaysia 13-1 Laos
Day 3 Results (Jan.25, 2017)
  • Group A: Brunei 2-17 Thailand 
  • Group B: Indonesia 19-1 Laos
  • Group B: Malaysia 3-5 Myanmar
Semi Finals (Jan.27, 2017)
  • Semi Final 1: Thailand 5-3 Malaysia
  • Semi Final 2: Myanmar 8-3 Timor Leste

Bronze Medal Match (Jan.29, 2017)
  • Timor Leste  1-8 Malaysia

Gold Medal Match (Jan.29, 2017)
  • Myanmar  1-8 Thailand

Sunday, January 22, 2017

🏀 ASEAN Basketball League | Philippines def. by Hong Kong


2017 Women's Hockey World League - Round 2

Team Malaysia (Photo via FIH website)
Composed of four rounds and played over two years, the Hockey World League - Women's event round 2 was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from January 14 to January 22.

Singapore, Thailand and host Malaysia were the Southeast Asian nations who participated in this round.

Singapore and Thailand were grouped in Pool A while Malaysia was in Pool B.

At the end of tournament, host Malaysia ended as runner up behind team Italy. While Thailand placed 5th after beating Singapore (6th place) in their last match. 

Here were the results of SEA nations' matches in this tournament

Pool - Preliminary
January 14:
  • Thailand 4-0 Singapore
  • Malaysia 9-0 Hong Kong
January 15:
  • Singapore 0-7 Wales
  • Thailand 0-5 Italy
January 16
  • Malaysia 1-2 Ireland
January 17
  • Singapore 0-9 Italy
  • Thailand 0-3 Wales
  • Malaysia 13-1 Kazakhstan

Photo via FIH Website
Quarter Finals
January 19
  • Singapore 0-10 Ireland
  • Malaysia 3-0 Thailand
Semi Finals
January 21
  • Malaysia 2-2 (2-1) Ireland

Finals
January 22
  • Malaysia 0-3 Italy
5th-6th Places
  • Thailand 0-0 (3-1)




Vovinam



4th SEAVF Southeast Asian Vovinam Championships 2017


The (SEAVF) Southeast Asian Vovinam Championships 2017 was held at the Royal Angkor Resort in Seam Reap, Cambodia. The 5-day tournament ended last January 15 and was participated by 7 countries like Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and host Cambodia.

Vietnam bagged 12 golds, 13 silvers and 1 bronze medals. Cambodia ranked the second with 9 golds, 7 silvers and 10 bronzes, followed by Laos with 4 golds, 3 silvers and 14 bronzes.

(Thailand also won 1 silver medal, while Indonesia and Myanmar along with 2 bronze medals on the first of competition)

Some of the gold medalists of the tournament were: 51kg female (Le Thi Lan Anh), 54kg women (Nguyen Thi Kim Hoang), 54kg male (Cam Vinh Luong) , 57kg male (Tran Ngoc Nam) and 60kg male (Nguyen Thanh Liem). Also, Phailath Thammavongsa of Laos won gold in the men’s dancing event with a weapon.

Vietnam will propose UNESCO to recognize Vovinam, a world-famous Vietnamese martial art, as the world's intangible cultural heritage.




Photos via Association Vovinam Viet Vo Dao  (Mara -SEAGamesNews)
 

Gilas Pilipinas Pool Members Named

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has announced its 24-man pool members for Gilas Pilipinas. The announcement was made before the 2017 PBA Philippines Cup match between teams of Brgy. Ginebra and Phoenix on Sunday, January 22.

According to coach Chot Reyes, the pool's oldest player is at 30 years old which will be used all through the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. 

The pool will also be geared for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification.  Also, team Philippines will be busy for tournaments like SEABA Championship and the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Below are the names of the 24-man pool members.
  1. Raymond Almazan 
  2. LA Revilla 
  3. Jonathan Grey
  4. Bradwyn Guinto
  5. Norbert Torres
  6. June Mar Fajardo
  7. Paul Lee
  8. Jayson Castro
  9. Calvin Abueva
  10. Art Dela Cruz 
  11. Jervy Cruz
  12. Terrence Romeo
  13. Carl Bryan Cruz
  14. Kevin Ferrer
  15. Mac Belo
  16. Von Pessumal
  17. Russel Escoto
  18. Ed Daquioag
  19. Alfonzo Gotladera
  20. Matthew Wright
  21. Mike Tolomia
  22. Arnold Van Opstal
  23. Jio Jalalon
  24. RR Pogoy

Friday, January 20, 2017


Football: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has banned Timor Leste from taking part in the 2023 Asian Cup Football Championship after Amandio de Araujo, Timor Leste Football Association (FFTL) Secretary-General, was found to be falsifying documents for citizenship of Timor Leste players.


Monday, January 16, 2017

Football Ranking as of January 12, 2017

(Australia is a member of AFF)

Chess included in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

Chess will make its debut in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games to be held from Sept. 17 to 23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Chess is considered as one of the popular sports within the ASEAN Paralympic community and its inclusion in the biennial Games was based on the Expression of Interest (EOI) findings conducted by the ASEAN Para Sports Federation (APSF), which endorsed the sport in a special meeting with the Malaysia Organizing Committee (MASOC) in Malaysia last month.

The meeting was attended by APSF President Maj. Gen. Osoth Bhavilai and Secretary-General Charnvit Munikanond, MASOC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Seri Zolkples Embong and Technical Chairman John Ng, who is also the deputy president of the Malaysian Paralympic Council.

The 9th ASEAN Para Games has a total of 16 sports namely archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, chess, cycling, football (5-a-side and 7-a-side), goalball, powerlifting, swimming, table tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball (sitting), wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.

The events and disciplines in each sport will be finalized after consultation with their respective International Federations (IFs) and technical delegates.

An estimated 3,000 athletes and officials from 11 countries are expected to participate in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games which will have the biggest number of sports to be contested since the inaugural Games hosted by Malaysia in 2001. There were 15 sports in Singapore (2015), 12 in Myanmar (2013) and 11 in Indonesia (2011).

The ASEAN Para Games, which is a multi-sport competition for athletes with disabilities, is held every after the Southeast Asian Games.

The Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PHILSPADA), which is headed by Michael Barredo, is the national sports association in charge of sending athletes to the ASEAN Para Games.
The most prominent members of the PHILSPADA national team are 2000 Sydney Paralympics bronze medalist Adeline Dumapong (powerlifter) and 2016 Rio Paralympics bronze medalist Josephine Medina (table tennis). (PNA)
JMC/JEAN T. MALANUM/


Source: Philippine News Agency

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Indonesia Thinks Bigger after SEA Games 2017

Indonesia starts intensifying the training of its athletes who will compete at the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games this coming August.

However, a maximum of 250 athletes is reportedly to be sent at the biennial meet in Malaysia.

This number is half of the number of athletes they sent at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games.

Indonesia this time is not setting any medal target for the games. At the 2015 SEA Games, the Red and White flag settled at 5th place over-all with 47 golds, 61 silvers and 74 bronze medals.

According to its Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs Imam Nahrawi, the idea is prepare Indonesian athletes for the Asian Games which Indonesia will be hosting and for the 2020 Olympics in Japan.

Nevertheless, despite no targets, Minister of Youth and Sports Affair has said that he will give bonuses to all athletes who wins medals at the SEA Games.



- Fahad T.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Teams divided for Boxing at the 2017 SEA Games

Thai boxer Chatchai Butdee (Right)
2015 SEA Games boxing over-all champion Philippines and boxing powerhouse Thailand will not just only focus at the upcoming 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games but also focusing at the World Championships in Germany.

The Philippines and Thailand has always been the countries to watch when it comes to boxing among the SEA nations. The Philippines at the last SEA Games in Singapore produced five golds while Thailand had lone gold medal. And these two teams always give good fights at the Asian and World Championships levels.

(You might also like to view: Boxing at the 2015 SEA Games)

But this coming August, it will be hard for both Philippines and Thailand whose boxers they will send for the 2017 SEA Games and for the World Championships. The Kuala Lumpur SEA Games is almost coinciding with the World Championships. SEA Games will be contested from August 19-31 while the world championships will be played from August 25 to September 5.

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) and the Thailand Boxing Association (TBA) will surely divide its boxers into two sets of teams for both important boxing tournaments.

The Thailand team has its new Cuban coach who arrived last November 2016. They are training hard for other international tournaments in preparation for SEA Games and for the World Championships.

On the other hand, the Philippines is also on its training facilities in a high altitude place where it camped its boxers before going to several tournament abroad in preparation also for SEA Games and the World Championships.

At the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, only 6 weight categories will be featured for men's events and each country is only allowed to send four boxers in this SEA Games edition. While the women's events were removed by SEA Games organizing committee.

Host Malaysia did not win any medal at the 2015 SEA Games while it had 1 silver medal and three bronze medals at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games. 
(You might also like to view: Boxing at the 2013 SEA Games)


- Fahad T. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

PHL preparations for SEAG '17 on high gear

To boost Philippine sports, the government is embarking on a gigantic task covering programs in sports science, grassroots sports development and the establishment of 12 regional satellite training centers across the country.

PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez presented the programs during the two-day sports meeting between the government sports body and the National Sports Associations (NSA) held in Tagaytay Highlands.

“The government is serious in supporting our athletes and the national sports associations,” Ramirez said. “By harmoniously working together, we can make a difference in improving Philippine sports. “

Ramirez, said sports science would be integrated in the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) to be launched on Jan. 16.

He also announced that 12 regional satellite training centers will be set up within the period of six months, with the hiring of 60 regional sports coordinators.

To hasten grassroots sports development, PSC laid out its program linking with local government units (LGUs) and to the education department aimed at strengthening community and school-based sports, respectively.

The government sports body’s policies in granting assistance to sports associations were also presented.

Various NSAs presented their previous performance and their preparation for the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEAG).

The policies include training, equipment, medical assistance, meal subsidy and international exposures.

Meanwhile, Tom Carrasco, Jr. head of the SEAG Task Force in the selection of the Philippine delegation, said there were 38 sports disciplines and 405 events in the said biennial sports conclave to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by mid-August.

Carrasco said initially, Philippines would participate in 20-25 sports disciplines that include medal-rich swimming, athletics, cycling and boxing.


Starting next week, the SEAG Task Force will screen athletes based on the criteria set that include fund and training requirements of the NSA that are included in the regional sports meet. 


- Philippine News Agency

Friday, January 6, 2017

🏀 ASEAN Basketball League | 1st match of 2017
Jan.6 | 8pm | House of Champions, Gem-In Mall, Cyberjaya, 🇲🇾
 
KL Dragons 🇲🇾 vs 🇸🇬 SG Slingers


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Philippines still favorite to win 2 Golds in Basketball

Gilas team at Stankovic Cup
All 11 nations who will be competing at the 29th South East Asian Games are busy gearing up in their training and preparation for this biennial event. And one of the sports to be featured at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games is basketball.   

Two gold medals are at stake for the upcoming SEA Games. One in men's event and the other one is in women's event. 

At the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, the Philippines who won the gold medal in men's event sent their best college players with the addition of naturalized player Marcus Douthit. The team had a tough battles during the semi-final and in the gold medal matches. 

But despite its difficult road to reach the gold medal, they still able to win the championship. The silver medal went to Indonesia while the bronze medal went to team Singapore.  

In women's event, Malaysia won the gold medal followed by Indonesia and Thailand respectively.
At the coming 2017 SEA Games, the Philippines is still seen to be the team to beat for both events.

Its women team was recently crowned as the champion of the 9th SEABA Championship for women last year beating all the 2015 SEA Games teams who won medals and they recently progress to Level I status at the Asian women's championship. 

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand are likely to be their tough rivals for the gold medal at the 2017 SEA Games.

As for its men's team, a mixed of amateur and professional basketball players are said to suit up the team. The team's focus is to beat its improving neighboring countries in SEA Games and in qualifying SEA zone tournament in order to advance at the 2017 FIBA-Asia Championship. 

This will be a tough one for Philippine team because some SEA nations are really catching up with them. Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore are still the teams who can steal the SEA Games men's basketball title.



- Kevin C. (SIN)