Sunday, December 6, 2009
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Here's my rundown on last week's sports achievements for the country (that I know of).
The Philippine Under-16 Men's Basketball team placed fourth on its Asian Championships. The winner (China) and runner-up (Korea) will represent Asia in the world championships.
Despite placing fourth, the young athletes showed a lot of promise. They were even the only team that showed enough balls to scare off the monstrous Chinese squad during their semifinal match. However, there are rumors that China has fielded over-aged athletes. If it were true, I hope they'll get sanctions.
Watch out for these young guns especially Keifer Ravena. Future UAAP superstar!
Wesley So shocked the entire Chess world by defeating two former champions en route to a last-16 placing in the Chess World Cup.
The foreign press was so impressed by him, they even hailed him as the next big thing.
I hope this kid makes it big really, really soon!
Francis Casey Alcantara ended the 2009 campaign with two straight singles titles.
Although I thought he was pretty much a disappointment, after starting the year with an Australian Open doubles championship, he became pretty much unnoticed except for helping put the country back on Group1 of Asia/Oceania Davis Cup.
I hope he does a better job next year and not be another case of a young Pinoy talent left unused due to lack of funds.
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