The Philippines wants to improve its Asian Games performance ©Getty Images

The Philippines has targeted improvement at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou after confirming the sports the country hopes to compete in.  

Filipino athletes brought home four gold medals from the Jakarta-Palembang 2018 edition but officials want a much better return in the Chinese city next year.

It is hoped the country can continue their momentum from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines dominated on home soil.

They topped the medal table with 149 golds and a total haul of 387.

Vietnam, in second place, were well behind on 98 golds and 288 medals in total but only 11 nations contest the Southeast Asian Games.

"We submitted our list (of sports) last Friday and we based our list on our effort to surpass our last achievement of four gold medals in Jakarta because we improved a lot in the Southeast Asian Games," said Philippine Olympic Committee President Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino, according to CNN Philippines.

The sports the Philippines hope to enter in Hangzhou include aquatics, archery, athletics, baseball/softball, basketball, 3x3 basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, breaking, bridge, canoeing, chess and cycling.

Yuka Saso won two gold medals for the Philippines at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 ©Getty Images
Yuka Saso won two gold medals for the Philippines at Jakarta-Palembang 2018 ©Getty Images

Dragon boat, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, judo, jiu-jitsu, kurash, karate, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby, sailing, sepak takraw and shooting are also on the list, as well as skateboarding, sport climbing, squash, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

The Philippines will also enter the historic first esports tournament at the Asian Games, as well as the competition in board game xiangqi. 

Golfer Yuka Saso won two golds for the Philippines at Jakarta-Palembang 2018, in the women's individual event and then the team competition.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and skateboarder Margielyn Didal also struck gold, with the country also bagging two silvers and 15 bronze.

This was enough for 19th in the standings.

In 1954, the Philippines hosted the second Asian Games in Manila.

The 14 gold medals they won remains as their best-ever performance.