Pencak silat champ hopes for continued government support

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Dines Dumaan of the Philippines after winning the gold medal in the men’s tanding putra class A 45-50 kg division of the 29th Southeast Asian Games pencak silat competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. PSC-POC photo

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – After nailing his team’s lone gold medal in the 29th Southeast Asian Games, Dines Dumaan is hopeful that the Philippine Silat Sports Association will continue to receive enough financial support from the government.

Dumaan delivered the only gold medal from pencak silat, ending more than a decade of drought in the SEA Games. The team will also go home with four bronze medals.

“Sana po gaya dito sa SEA Games, matulungan ulit ng sapat ng PSC ang NSA (national sports association) namin para sa preparation sa next competitions,” said the 22-year-old Dumaan, who sacrificed his BS Marine Transportation studies to prepare for his maiden SEA Games.

The Panitan, Capiz native Dumaan is now a third-year college student at the Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion in Roxas City.

The rookie bested more experienced foes en route to winning gold in the men’s tanding (fighting) Class A 45-50 kg. He stunned the highly favored Firman of Indonesia, 4-1, in the finals at the Juara Stadium in the Bukit Kiara Sports Complex on Tuesday.

Dumaan is the first Filipino to win gold in pencak silat since Earl Buenviaje dominated the men’s tanding Class F 70-75 kg all the way back in the 2005 SEA Games hosted in the Philippines.

Dumaan started in taekwondo before shifting to pencak silat where he also garnered a bronze medal in the 5th Asian Beach Games 2016 last October in Vietnam and fourth place in the 17th Pencak Silat World Championships 2016 last December in Indonesia.

Others who won a bronze medal were Princesslyn Enopia in the women’s class C 45-50kg, Rickrod Ortega in class I 85-90kg and Jefferson Rhey Loob in the class D 60-65.

As part of their preparation for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, the PhilSilat team will see action in the pre-Asiad Pencak Sila Tournament this coming February.

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