PH to bid for Asian skateboarding meet hosting

Skateboarding and Roller Sports Association of the Philippines Inc. President Monty Mendegoria bared that they will bid to host the Asian Skateboarding Championship.

This after the successful debut of the sport in the recently-concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games.

Margielyn Didal pulls off an ollie during the skateboarding competition of the 2019 SEA Games at the Tagaytay Convention Center on Dec. 5 2019. PHOTO BY JOHN ORVEN VERDOTE

“We’ll be aiming to host the Asian Championships. We will bid for it since we already have a new and legitimate skatepark in Tagaytay,” said Mendegoria during the victory party of the sport’s major sponsor Go For Gold last Friday night.

Mendegoria said that Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino has already assured support of the plan.

“Congressman and POC president Bambol already told us to bid. It’s still four months in the making, so I think we can do it,” he added.

Tolentino pushed for the construction of the world-class skatepark in Tagaytay Oval not only to serve as the venue of the skateboarding competitions of the SEA Games held from December 4 to 8 but also for international tournaments in the future.

Should the Philippines win the right to host the Asian Championship, SEA Games winners led by Margielyn Didal are expected to shine anew as the continental tourney also features street, park and downhill categories.

Asian Games champion and 2020 Tokyo Olympics hopeful Didal delivered two gold medals from Game of S.K.A.T.E. and street event in the biennial meet while four other Filipino skaters also contributed to the gold medal haul.

Daniel Ledermann ruled the men’s Game of S.K.A.T.E., Christian Means and Kiko Francisco completed a sweep of the park while Jamie Delange dominated the men’s downhill.

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