Iloilo City ready for Batang Pinoy Games

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012


ILOILO City, together with the Iloilo Provincial Government and the Department of Education, are all set to host the 2012 Philippine Youth Games popularly known as Batang Pinoy (BP) on December 5-8.

Around 1,778 athletes and sports official from 130 local government units in the country are expected to participate in the event.

Spearheaded and organized by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the games for local government unit (LGU)-based 15 years old and below, mostly from the elementary grades, will present sports action in 14 sports disciplines.

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The competition will be on arnis, archery, athletics, swimming, basketball, badminton, chess, table tennis, lawn tennis, boxing, karatedo, taekwondo, wushu and triathlon.

PSC commissioner Jollie Gomez said the revival of BP will focus on talent identification in the grassroots. The BP is looking for those qualified to be enrolled in the proposed regional sports academy.

BP also plans to adopt athletes for further training earmark to compete in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, he said.

Gomez said the BP was revived two years ago, and was only revived last year in Naga City upon the recommendation of the late Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo.

He said Iloilo City is a perfect venue for the games, with it having several sports venues and covered gymnasiums, augmented by billeting schools mobilized to accommodate the athletes and sports officials.

Iloilo City will be fielding a total of 258 composed of 227 athletes and 31 coaches, while Iloilo province will have 141 athletes, 28 coaches and 5 officials.

The National Capital Region will have 250 athletes, 65 coaches and 27 officials; Northern Luzon with 271 athletes, 57 coaches and 26 officials; Southern Luzon with 249 athletes, 60 coaches and 22 officials; and Mindanao with 232 athletes, 62 coaches and 25 officials.

Expected to arrive during the opening ceremonies are PSC chairman Reggie Garcia and Senator Pia Cayetano. Iloilo City Mayor will also invite other government officials and sports enthusiasts to the games. (LCP)

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