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World Sambo bronze medalist to start SEA Games training next week

January 11, 2019 - Friday 4:01 PM by Daniel Joaquin

Davaoena Sydney Tancontian holds up the bronze medal she won at the 2018 World Sambo Championship. DANIEL JOAQUIN

Sydney Tancontian, who claimed bronze at the Sambo World Championships in 2018, is set to start training in Singapore next week in preparation for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in Clark, Pampanga in November and December of this year.

Tancontian bared details of her training plans for the year at yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the Annex of SM City Davao.

She said she intends to train in Singapore for two to three months before moving elsewhere to continue training.

Tancontian also mentioned that a number of smaller competitions are lined up for her to compete in, also in preparation for the coming SEA Games late this year.

When asked how she feels about her chances in the coming games, she said “I think I’ve been training enough.”

Although a big challenge will be facing competitors she has never gone against in the past, since all other competitions she has joined were Asian and world tournaments, which brought together athletes from different corners of the continent and the world.

Aside from the medals, Tancontian and her father are ecstatic about the sport’s recognition by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Nakita ko meron tayong future world champion (I see a future world champion in her),” Paolo Tancontian told the media.

Despite earning the POC accreditation for the sport, the younger Tancontian desires more support from the Philippine government so other athletes may have the same opportunities she has had.

“I started from the bottom, ‘yung mga cup sa covered court,” she said, expressing her thankfulness for the moral and financial support her family has given her in the years she has spent training and competing in Sambo.

She hopes for change and support from the government for Sambo and all other sports so that the Philippines may be known as more than just a basketball-loving country.