DAVAO City will send over 200 athletes in the Mindanao leg of the Batang Pinoy 2017 National Championships slated July 9 to 15 in Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental.
Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO) officer-in-charge Mikey Aportadera, during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at The Annex of SM City Davao, said they have been closely coordinating with local national sports associations (NSAs) in preparing for the Batang Pinoy Games designed for 15 years old and below.
"We're good to go. The NSAs are the ones selecting the athletes. Everything is set. Our office is preparing the paperworks needed," Aportadera said.
He, however, said that there might be a problem forming the baseball and softball teams due to the new age limit.
The SSS-CMO chief added that in as much as he would want former Batang Pinoy champions to again represent the city in Oroquieta, he also hopes to see more new athletes rise up since some of the city's 2016 national champions will not be able to compete again.
The city's cycling team alone collected a total of six gold medals, five silvers and four bronzes in the Batang Pinoy nationals in Tagum City last year. Thus, PhilCycling deputy secretary-general for Mindanao Salvador Paholio, Jr. is holding the Summerfest 2017 Criterium Cycling Race on May 28 at the Crocodile Park to serve as eliminations for the BatangPinoy qualifying leg.
Richard Handumon, Jr. and Myra Acedo then led Davao City's Batang Pinoy medal haul and both are expected to show their wares in the upcoming race backed by the city government of Davao through the SDD-CMO. But both might no longer be qualified to race in the Batang Pinoy with Handumon already 16 while Acedo was 15 when they competed in last year's Batang Pinoy.
Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 20, 2017.
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