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Blu Girls coach Dizer sees silver medal in Asian Championship as "big accomplishment"

They are back!

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--For national women's softball team coach Randy Dizer, a silver medal in the recently-concluded Asian Women's Softball Championship shines like gold.

“Nobody expected us to be in the top three, so it’s a big accomplishment already,” said Dizer. “It shows that the Blu Girls can compete among the best in the world and with the preparation that the team is doing and with the support that we have been getting from Jean Henri Lhuillier, I know the team is ready.”

The Blu Girls returned home from Taichung, Taiwan on Thursday, and Lhuillier, the Amateur Softball Association of the Philippines (ASAPHIL) president, welcomed them back.

“The success of the RP Blu Girls in the 2017 Asian Women’s Softball Championship is a testament to the talent of our national softball team. They continue to amaze us with their strong showing in this year’s tournaments, displaying their unique brand of heart and dedication which enabled them to defeat some of the world’s best teams. We at ASAPHIL will continue to support them in their journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said Lhuillier.

With a spot in the Asian Games and the WBSC World Softball Championship secured, the Blu Girls look forward to 2018 with a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics still in sight.

“We seriously have a chance (at the Tokyo Olympics). Last summer, when we started defeating top-ranked teams like Canada, Australia, Chinese Taipei, people were starting to say ‘look at the Philippines’. Now that we’ve come into this tournament and proved that again, I think we will be able to prepare the best that we can and actually give ourselves the best shot possible to represent Asia in the Olympics,” said Fil-Am player Chelsea Suitos.

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