POC: PH to compete in 46 sports in 2022 Asian Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) — The Philippines will be sending athletes in 46 sports at the 2022 Asian Games slated to run from September 10 to 25 in Hangzhou, China.

Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino said they submitted the list to the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee last Friday.

Filipino athletes will be competing in aquatics, archery, athletics, baseball, softball, men's basketball, men's 3x3 basketball, boxing, canoe-kayak, and cycling MTB and BMX.

Also included in the list are dancesports' breaking, men's dragon boat, equestrian, fencing, men's football, golf, artistic and rhythmic gymnastics, judo, jiu-jitsu, kurash, karate, bridge, chess, esports, xiangqi, modern pentathlon, skateboarding, rowing, and men's rugby.

Completing the list are sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, sports climbing, squash, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's beach volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.

"We submitted our list last Friday—the deadline—and we based our list on our effort to surpass our last achievement of four gold medals—in Jakarta—because we improved a lot in the SEA Games," said Tolentino, who appointed Dr. Jose Raul Canlas of surfing as chef de mission.

The Philippines bagged four gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia — Hidilyn Diaz in weightlifting, Margielyn Didal in skateboarding, Yuka Saso in women's individual golf, and the trio of Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go in women's team gold.

The country also won two silver medals and 15 bronze medals in the multi-sport event.

CNN Philippines Correspondent Pauline Verzosa contributed to this report.