Zubiri optimisic about arnis in 2023 SEA Games program – BusinessMirror

SENATE President Juan Miguel Zubiri is ecstatic over the inclusion of arnis in the program of the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Cambodia in May next year.
“We, in the Philippine Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation [PEKAF] are very proud and very excited that we are finally seeing arnis on a SEA Games stage beyond our shores,” said Zubiri, who also heads PEKAF as its chairman and president.
“We have long been promoting arnis on the international stage, and working for it to be included as a regular sport in the SEA Games slate,” he said. “And with the spectacular arnis tournament in the 30th [Philippines] SEA Games, I think our Southeast
Asian neighbors had a great chance to gain a deeper respect for and appreciation of the sport.
Besides 2019, arnis was also played in the 2005 SEA Games that the Philippines also hosted.
The Philippines had a 14-gold medal haul in the 2019 SEA Games, along with four silvers and two bronze medals. Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar sent athletes to the arnis competitions.
“The inclusion of Arnis in the upcoming SEA Games is not just about having a chance to score more medals,” Zubiri said. “It is also a really significant move that gives us a platform to showcase arnis as part of our culture.”
He added: “And it establishes arnis as an indispensable part of the Southeast Asian martial arts movement. So I really thank the Cambodia National Olympic Committee and the SEA Games Federation for recognizing the importance of arnis, and carving out a space for it in their sporting program.”
The PEKAF will be conducting qualifiers in the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao in November and December. The winners will then vie against current members of the national team in the PEKAF National Battle of Champions in early 2023.
The Battle of Champions winners will then be drafted for the national team to Cambodia.
Members of the national team emerged as overall champions in the recent World Arnis Championships hosted by the World Eskrima Kali Arnis Federation in Cebu last July 2022.
“We of course thank and appreciate the efforts of the Philippine Olympic Committee under the leadership of former Congressman and now Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham ‘Bambol’ Tolentino for the inclusion of arnis in the 32nd SEA Games, as well as the support of the Philippine Sports Commission under the new leadership of Chairman Noli Eala.”
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