Wrestling hopes debut in CARAA-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
WITH its inclusion in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa, the Wrestling Association of the Philippines – Cordillera chapter is hoping the event would also be included in the upcoming Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association.
President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10588 last August including wrestling in the annual Palarong Pambansa as one of the medal sports.
“We’re hoping it would make it in CARAA. Will just have to work it out kung papaano,” Maria Teresa Asuncion of WAP – Cordillera said.
Under RA 10588, Greco-Roman and freestyle events in eight weight divisions both for boys and girls will be played in the 2014 Palaro Pambansa.
Archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, and wushu are the other sports played in the annual national event.
Late last year, young wrestlers from Baguio, despite their limited number, were victorious in their campaign as they reaped 11 gold, six silver, and three bronze medals in the 2012 National Wrestling Open Championship in Quezon City.
Some of the 10 wrestlers managed to win two gold medals apiece to elevate Baguio to third place in the overall medal tally.
Rosegyn Malabja, Minalyn Foy-os, and Gerard Busikaw who won gold medals in the 2011 edition of Batang Pinoy qualified for the national Philippine Team training pool for future international sporting events.
It was also last year last year when wrestlers from Baguio clinched the overall title in the Batang Pinoy National Wresting finals in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro with 11 gold, six silver, and six bronze medals.
But even with the inclusion of wrestling in the Palaro, Asuncion said they still need to recruit talents with the lack of pool for wrestling unlike any other sports.
"As of this time hindi pa ganun kadami ang pool since hindi pa siya included sa PB before medyo nahihirapan kaming pumasok sa schools thou we already have athletes playing na from different schools during PNG and Batang Pinoy events," added Asuncion.
Most of the players, Asuncion said are from Baguio City National High School, PNHS-Dominican Annex, Patriotic, SLU High School and Wangal National High School.
Wrestling’s inclusion in the Palaro will help boost the sports grassroots development program according to WAP President Albert Balde.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 15, 2013.