Region gets early head start for Palaro bid

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


IN A BID to improve its previous standing in the Palarong Pambansa, delegates from the Cordillera Administrative Region hit the road today to finalize the last two weeks of training prior to the opening on May 4 at the Laguna Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz.

Department of Education officials in the region said the two week head start would at least give the highland athletes to acclimatize to the hot weather of the province in the annual sporting spectacle for elementary and high school athletes.

DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and sports coordinator Fernando Eliponga said selected representatives from the Cordillera will camp earlier than the expected date for athletes to familiarize with the playing venues.

"Although our coaches and athletes have been preparing early, we are setting this last two weeks for polishing our athletes prior to the competition," Eliponga said.

The two week head start, according to Eliponga will also help to jell the participants in team events.

“Aside from the individual sport contest we also need to focus on team events. Siyempre hindi lahat sila nakakapag-practice sabay-sabay unless andoon na lahat kami together with their assigned coaches,” said Eleponga.

“At isa pa we intend na sanayin ang mga bata sa klima since dito sa atin sanay sila sa malamig, hopefully all will go well and our athletes will perform better,” Eleponga added.

This year, a total of 3,294 athletes, coaches, chaperons and trainors, where 268 athletes coming from the Summer Capital, will be part of the region’s delegation in the weeklong competition.

Twenty – eight elementary pupils from Baguio City SPED Center were also added as participants in the Special Games which will also be part of the annual sports meet.

Thousands of young athletes from the 17 different regions of the country will battle in search for pride and glory, including chances of buying their ticket in other bigger sport events.

Last year, CAR improved its standing at the end of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa held in Dumaguete City with its 10th place over-all finish after hauling 16 gold medals, eight silvers and 19 bronze.

This is a notch higher than its overall ranking in the previous 2012 record held in Lingayen, Pangasinan.

Cordilleran athletes garnered its medals in the combative sports particularly in arnis and tae kwon do where they excelled among the 17 regions nationwide.

The event, which started as Bureau of Public Schools – Interscholastic Athletic Association (BPISAA) Games in 1948, is an annual sports spectacle, held in different venues across the Philippines, organized by the Department of Education.

Sports tapped during the Palarong Pambansa will include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing (secondary), chess football, futsal, gymnastics, sipa takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling, and wushu.

Indigenous sports such as kadang-kadang and bunong braso (arm wrestling) were also added as exhibition games in the weeklong tournament.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 23, 2014.

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