Badminton group to tap local clubs

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

THE new leaders of the Philippine Badminton Association wants the Visayas and Mindanao badminton clubs to have an active role in the organization’s grassroots development program.

Former Police Dir.-Gen. Edgardo Aglipay, the Executive Vice President of the PBA, told Sun.Star-Cebu that the thrust of PBA president and former first lady Amelita “Ming” Ramos is to develop the grassroots talents especially in the Visayas and Mindanao.

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“Our plan is to bring to Cebu our national coaches to conduct clinics and to retool our local coaches. This way, we can guarantee the continued development of our young players,” Aglipay said.

Aglipay, who was in Cebu yesterday for a short speaking engagement with Diwa Party-list at the Sacred Heart Center, acknowledged the possible contributions of local badminton clubs for PBA’s countrywide programs.

“That is why we wanted to generate the help of local badminton clubs because they have the physical knowledge of their local talents. PBA will extend help in terms of equipment and technical aspects,” added Aglipay.

Among the programs that the PBA is undertaking is the creation of a pool of 16-Under athletes for the national team and for Team Visayas and Mindanao.

“We want the young players to get their international serial number especially since we are bidding to host the Asian 16-Under tournament in August and all the players who are eligible will play against players from other Asian countries,” Aglipay said.

Badminton group tap local clubs

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