Baguio bets sees early build-up for Palaro

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Thursday, March 20, 2014


WITH merely six weeks to go, athletes from Baguio City are eyeing an early training in a bid to improve the region's standing in the upcoming 2014 Palarong Pambansa slated May 4-10 at the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and sports coordinator Fernando Eleponga said athletes already took advantage of preparing early when the master list for the athlete delegation is approved.

"Once we gave the notifications sa mga coaches of the different sports they already started with their training, I think so far okay naman lahat-lahat since wala naman tayong natatangap na mga negative reports," Eleponga said.

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He added although most are busy with the end of the academic year, practices resume once coaches including athletes finish with their responsibilities in school.

"By next week, all practices will resume with the Baguio based delegates, siguro by that time hindi na mahahati ang attention ng mga ipapadala natin for the Palarong Pambansa," said Eleponga.

This year, a total of 268 secondary and elementary athletes from the city will comprise the bulk of delegates for the Cordillera Administrative Region.

According to the data from the DepEd-CAR, Baguio will send 157 from the secondary while 85 will compete for the elementary division.

Meanwhile, 28 elementary pupils from Baguio City SPED Center were added as participants for the different scheduled Special Games which will also be part of the annual sports meet.

Eleponga said more than 570 athletes including coaches and chaperones will travel a week earlier to be able to adjust with the environment and climate.

"We always do that yearly para doon na rin magtraining ang mga bata at the same time it will help them adjust sa klima pati sa environment kung necessary," Eleponga added.

"So far ang medyo kulang sa preparations yung mga nasa team sport events, anyway kaya rin aagahan natin ang pagpunta sa lugar for them to be able to get along. Pagdating naman sa individual sports wala na tayong problema diyan," Eleponga added.

Sports to be played during the Palarong Pambansa will include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing (secondary) and chess.

Football, futsal, gymnastics, sipa takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, and wushu will also be played including indigenous sports made part as exhibition games are kadang-kadang (bamboo stilts walking) and bunong braso (arm wrestling).

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 21, 2014.

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