Six of the 17 athletes seeing action in the World Combat Games that started today, October 20, until the 28th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are Cordillerans.
World muay Thai champion Islay Erika Bomogao and Asian Games bronze medalist Jones Inso lead the athletes to the event that expects more than 1,600 participants competing in various traditional martial arts disciplines.
Inso is among the four participants from the traditional Chinese martial arts along with fellow taolu players Thornton Sayan and Agatha Wong. They will be joined by another Asiad bronze medalist Clemente Tabgura, Jr. in the combat side of the event or sanda.
Abra pride Renz Dacquel, who won a silver in the last Southeast Asian Games will see action in kickboxing. She is also a boxer, who was once under the Highland Boxing Gym.
Bomogao will be joined by fellow IBenguet Ariel Lee Lampacan as well as top male fighter and former world champion Philip Delarmino, Rudzma Abubakar, Kylie Mallari and Rhichein Yosorez.
Dominican Hill pride Kobe Macario will be among the three entrants in taekwondo – poomsae. The others are Darius Venerable and Juvenile Crisostomo.
Another Asian Games bronze medalist, Kaila Napolis, will also strut her wares in the Riyadh event that will be held in various venues in the Saudi Arabia capital.
Akso seeing action are Fierre Afan and Maria Aisa Ratcliff in wrestling – grappling. Afan was recently crowned as world champion in judo. Pigeon Lobien