Several ONE Championship athletes have extended their support to the Wushu team of the Philipines in Asian Games. Among them are Rene Catalan and Team Lakay warriors Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio and Kevin Belingon.
Catalan, Folayang, Eustaquio and Belingon are among the Filipino martial artists who have successfully transitioned from Wushu to mixed martial arts. Folayang is a former ONE Lightweight World Champion while Eustaquio is the reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion and Belingon is the reigning ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion.
On the other hand, Catalan bagged the gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. He believes that the Philippines should not be counted out in the competition.
“We cannot say or calculate,” Catalan noted. “Once they are on the Wushu stage, anything can happen. Like in mixed martial arts, Wushu is a game of chance, wherein everyone has a chance and deserves a chance.”
“We have done it before,” Catalan added. “I believe we can do it again.”
Daniel Parantac and Jean Claude Saclag are among those who are following the footsteps of Catalan and the Team Lakay fighters in the sport of Wushu. Four years ago, Parantac brought home silver in the Asiad.
Seeking to capture the gold medal for the Philippines in the continental multi-sport spectacle, Parantac is competing in the men’s Taolu contest. He will be joined by Jones Llabres Inso, Thorton Quieney Lou Sayan and Agatha Chrystenzen Wong.
Saclag will lead the Sanda national squad of the Philippines. Joining him in the team are Francisco Solis, Clemente Tabugara Jr. and Divine Wally.
Currently ranked number 9 in the region, the Philippines hopes to improve its 0-2-3 gold-silver-bronze production during the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The 2018 Asian Games will take place in Indonesia, particularly in Jakarta and Palembang, from August 18, 2018 to September 2, 2018.