PH sends 20 athletes to 2021 Asian Youth Para Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 28) – The Philippines will be represented by 20 athletes across six sports in the 2021 Asian Youth Para Games from Dec. 2 to 6 in Manama, Bahrain.

The Filipino athletes arrived in Bahrain on Saturday night and will first undergo classification races in their respective sports before the actual start of the competitions on Dec. 2.

The Philippine delegation is led by the 10-man wheelchair basketball team comprised of Mark Aguilar, Mark Marquez, Kyle Carandang, Eljay Lamata, Jolleniel Nebris, Andrei Kuizon, Jodriel Piol, John Carl Dedala, Anthony de Mesa, and Edgardo Ochaves.

The wheelchair cagers are coached by Vernon Perea and Harry Solanoy.

John Iver Quintaña is the lone Filipino athlete who will compete in boccia, specifically in the BC1 class, or those with cerebral palsy and can play using their hands or feet. He will be guided by Marangal Gonzales.

Three Filipinos will represent the country in athletics, all in the T20 division, or those with intellectual disabilities. Ronn Russel Mitra will compete in the 400-meter run, while Remie Rose Flores and Daniel Enderes are listed in the 400-meter and 1500-meter events.

The young Philippine athletics team is under the guidance of Joel Deriada, who is also the mentor of two-time Paralympian Jerrold Mangliwan.

Two Filipino swimmers will also contend for a medal finish in Bahrain, namely Angel Mae Otom in the S6 division (with short stature or amputation of both arms) and Ariel Joseph Alegabres in the S14 bracket (intellectual disability). They are coached by Brian Ong and Joelin Patris.

Linard Sultan and Mary Eloise Sable are the country's table tennis bets, who will compete under the guidance of Louise Eballa.

Badminton players Antonio dela Cruz Jr. and Joseph Clyde Belga complete the Philippine delegation in Bahrain. They are mentored by Mary Grace Ladlad.

The Philippines looks to improve its single bronze medal finish in 2017 in Dubai.

The Asian Para Youth Games is a quadrennial sports event for the continent's athletes with disabilities aged 12 to 20 years old.