RP GETS BIG BOOST AS DOHA ASIAN GAMES OKAYS CHESS, TRIATHLON

HYDERABAD, INDIA, OCTOBER 30, 2003 (STAR) By Dante Navarro  - The country’s gold medal chances in the 2006 Asian Games in Doha got a major boost when chess and triathlon were included in the 15th edition of the quadrennial event set Dec. 1-15 in Qatar.

This was revealed in a statement issued by the Doha Asian Games Organizing Committee (DAGOC) here Tuesday.

A seven-member delegation of the DAGOC is here to promote their event.

The delegation, headed by Ali Mohammed Mubarak, director general of DAGOC, met the delegates of the Afro-Asian Games and urged all members of the AAG to take part in the Doha Asian Games and make it a success.

It was stated that about 403 events in 33 different disciplines would be organized during the Asian Games, chess and triathlon are being included for the first time.

It was added that Qatar has several top class sports facilities and there are 14 multifunctional sports stadiums in Doha alone. These will be further renovated to host the Asian Games. The Asian Games village, with top quality health care, will host about 10,000 athletes and accompanying officials representing 44 Asian countries.

The Philippines is a noted chess power in the region.

The Filipinos won the Asian team crown in 1997 on a team anchored by GM Joey Antonio and IM Nelson Mariano II with IM Ronald Dableo ruling the Asian Zonals this year. Others expected to carry the cudgels for the RP chess squad are GMs Eugene Torre, Asia’s first GM, and Bong Villamayor.


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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