AAK Davao sends eight Davao players to Karatedo open championship in Singapore

September 9, 2010 10:12 am 

DAVAO CITY, Sept. 8 –- The Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao has sent eight players to compete in the Karatedo Goju-kai Singapore’s 30th anniversary Asia-Pacific Open Championship which kicks off Saturday, Sept. 11.

Rommel Tan, team coach and AAK Davao chief, said the team TKS Petron-AAK Davao/Team Philippines left for Singapore on Wednesday are composed of top youth karateka Jhon Albert Albarico, who won two gold medals in the same tournament in 2009, his elder brother Jeofrey, Sebastian and Allona Regis, Kassandra and Oona Barnes, Carmela Marie Estarija and Pretie Joy Goc-Ong. Also with the team is Homer Panal, as assistant coach.

Tan said the Davao karatekas will see action in the kata and kumite individual children boys and girls seven to nine years old and 10-12 years old, individual cadet for boys and girls 13 to 15, individual junior men's and women's 16-17, individual open men's and women's open.

Aside from the Philippines and Singapore, countries competing are Chinese-Taipei, Malaysia, Uzbekistan, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Russia.

Tan said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) headed by its chair Richie Garcia and Atty. Guillermo Iroy Jr. is supporting their trip.

Also backing up the AAK-Davao team are Mike and Esther Te of TKS Petron, Kenneth Sai, Dexter So, Ricks Carwash, Penongs, AAK-Davao parents and the University of Immaculate Conception (UIC). (PNA)

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