Philippine fares well in first try at ‘bokator’

The Philippines can beat Southeast Asian Games host Cambodia at its own game.

Playing the sport for the first time, a rag-tag team composed of Filipino Muay Thai and sambo fighters shocked the Cambodians by snatching a pair of gold medals in the first Kun Bokator Southeast Asian Championships in Phnom Penh.

Alyssa Kylie Mallari and Richien Yosorez reigned supreme in the women’s bokator spirit form and single bare hand form, respectively, in the sport inserted by the host country in the Phnom Penh SEAG calendar set May 5 to 17.

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