Ifugao sends lean, mean delegates for Batang Pinoy Luzon

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


IFUGAO’S top athletes starts their bid for honor as the Batang Pinoy Luzon leg formally kicked off yesterday in Iba, Zambales.

Nine muay thai players, nine wrestlers, 10 boxers, six coaches and two sports development officials comprise the 36 delegation for the province in the weeklong competition that ends on the 19th at the Zambales Sports Complex.

During the send off ceremony, Governor Dennis Habawel challenged the athletes to do their best and committed the provincial government’s support for the players who could bring honor and pride to the province
Some 160 athletes meanwhile were sent by defending champion Baguio City in the regional qualifier as it starts its title retention bid.

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Batang Pinoy is pursuant to Executive Order No. 44 also known as Philippine Youth Games. In partnership with the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education and the respective Local Government Units, this national program encourages the participation of children ages 15 and below in the games under the supervision of the different sports associations.

The first, second and third placers of the different regional legs will qualify for the Batang Pinoy National Championships which will be held in Bacolod City on November 19-23, 2013.

The original host was Zamboanga City but because of the ongoing crisis with the Muslim rebels the PSC and the POC decided to change the venue.
The Batang Pinoy has been shortened to three from the original six legs to avoid getting caught by unpredictable bad weather.

Scrapped are the National Capital Region, Southern Luzon and Northern Luzon.

New faces are expected to surface in the fourth edition of the grassroots competition organized by PSC and supported by Philippine Olympic Committee and Local Government Units.

Sporting events include Archery, Arnis, Athletics, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Chess, Dancesport, Futsal, Gymnastics, Judo, Karatedo, Lawn Tennis, Muay Thai, Pencak Silat, Sailing, Shooting, Soft Tennis, Softball, Sepak Takraw, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Wresting and Wushu.

Shooting will no longer be played during the Luzon Leg while rugby football was included in the multi discipline sports competition.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 16, 2013.

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