Excitement has gone fever pitch as the Asian Beach Games draws to a close in the weekend with Philippine national teams locking heads with thousands of athletes from 44 other Asian countries in thirteen (13) out of nineteen (19) sports disciplines in Bali, Indonesia from October 18-26.
Eighty-four (84) athletes of Team Philippines in beach Pencak Silat, beach soccer, beach sepak takraw, beach volleyball, beach wrestling, bodybuilding, dragon boat, marathon swimming, paragliding, sailing, surfing, triathlon, windsurfing, and woodball have been competing in the first ever beach games, an IOC-recognized event under the Bali Asian Beach Games Organizing Committee (BABGOC) led by no less than the President of the Republic of Indonesia.
In bodybuilding, 60kg flyweight Ireneo A. Dianso, a native of La Trinidad, Benguet, and 80kg light middleweight Jesus L. Duga from Cebu City made a good-enough finish at 7th (out of 13) and 8th (out of 13) places (out of Top 6) flexing their muscles against supplements-empowered bodybuilders from Asian countries at the jam-packed Discovery Mall in Tuban Beach, located in the southeastern part of Bali, Indonesia, approximately 1.5 km. from Ngurah Rai Airport, Tuban.
The Philippine contingent of two competed for muscle-per-muscle with Asian bodybuilding champions from India, Vietnam and Indonesia in the flyweight (60kg) category, and Thailand, Jordan, and Korea in the light middleweight (80kg) category.