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Members of the jiu-jitsu national team,  led by former world champion Meggie Ochoa and two-time Asian Beach Games gold medalist Annie Ramirez (3rd amd 4th from left, front row), pose during the flag raising ceremony inside the athletes village Friday ahead of the opening of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) Sunday in Ashgabat, Turkmenista. (photo by Waylon Galvez)

Members of the jiu-jitsu national team, led by former world champion Meggie Ochoa and two-time Asian Beach Games gold medalist Annie Ramirez (3rd amd 4th from left, front row), pose during the flag raising ceremony inside the athletes village Friday ahead of the opening of the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) Sunday in Ashgabat, Turkmenista. (photo by Waylon Galvez)

by Waylon Galvez

The national team delegation, led by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., arrived here Thursday in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG).

The country will see action in 21 sports disciplines in this 5th edition of AIMAG – a multi-sports event organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

Leading the campaign of the Filipinos here is weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, silver medalist in last year’s Rio Olympics.

Other national team athletes participating in the AIMAG are cue artist legends Efren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco “Django” Bustamante, Southeast Asian Games top two women’s finishers Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit, Grand Master Eugene Torre, and long jump expert Marestella Torres-Sunang.

The dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Clarice Parcon are also back to defend the gold medal in the Latin Jive, which the two won during the 2013 AIMAG in Incheon, South Korea.

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