Baguio eyes title retention bid in Batang Pinoy-A A +A
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
SOME 200 athletes in the different sports disciplines will represent Baguio City in their title retention bid for the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy Luzon Games slate on October 15-19 in Iba, Zambales.
After nearly missing the over-all title, Baguio City will once again be the yard stick for all athletes 15 years old and below and eye for a rare three peat and hopefully qualify in the coming second Youth Olympics to be held in Nanjing, China in 2014.
City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said they are already preparing in next month’s coming event.
"Nagpe-prepare na kami as early as now, from uniforms to transportation and other needs hina-handa na naming," said Gonzales.
Despite hopes of winning the overall tourney, Gonzales said other delegates still would like to prove their dominance in some sports.
"NCR at Pangasinan pa rin ang mabibigat na kalaban natin diyan, pero confident pa rin tayo na overall sa atin mapupunta," Gonzales added.
A total of fifteen events will be joined by our athletes for this year which includes archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, wrestling, and wushu.
Under Executive Order 44, otherwise known as the Philippine Youth Games, Batang Pinoy, serves as the national sports competition program for children and is envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play.
The program aims to provide the structure for a truly comprehensive sports development program for children 15 years old and below.
High performing athletes will undergo high-level training for three years in preparation for the second edition of Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014, and for other international age group competitions.
The Visayas leg of Batang Pinoy has officialy kicked-off in Maasin City last September 24 and will run until the September 29.
Meanwhile POC-PSC announced the change of venue for the qualifying national championships on November 19-23 from Zamboanga City to transfer to Bacolod City due to the raging war in the region. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 26, 2013.