2,000 young athletes to contest in Batang Pinoy-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
MAASIN CITY -- More than 2,000 young athletes coming from the three regions in the Visayas will converge for the Batang Pinoy 2013 Visayas Leg.
City administrator lawyer Feorillo “Bombom” Demeterio said the opening salvo will be on September 24 at the city gymnasium.
Delegates coming from Central, Western, and Eastern Visayas started to arrive last September 21.
The Philippine-Youth Games Batang Pinoy as part of Philippine Sports Commission’s (PSC) grassroots development, aims to discover fresh athletes from ages 15 and below.
The national games was revived two years ago.
Expected to grace the event are Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr.; PSC chairman Ricardo Garcia; PSC commissioners Gillian Akiko Thompson-Guevarra and Jose Luis Gomez; and over-all Batang Pinoy project director lawyer Jay Alano.
Events to be contested in the Batang Pinoy are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, dance sports, futsal, gymnastics, and lawn tennis.
Also pencak silat, softball, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
Judo will not be played in the Visayas leg according to the Batang Pinoy website and the swimming competition will be held in Leyte Sports Academy, Tacloban City which is four-hours away from Maasin.
The on-site registration for this event is on September 22 starting at 8 a.m.
In Taekwondo, Poomsae will be played only as “demo,” but no medal count on this event.
Demeterio added that the Maasin City under the leadership of Mayor Maloney Samaco has left no stone unturned to ensure the success of this sporting event.
Volunteers to help the event were trained as the billeting areas were checked for the comfort of all the athletes, coaches, technical team and guests, the city administrator said.
Samaco said in an earlier interview that Batang Pinoy Visayas Leg would be a smoke-free zone.
Maasin is an Orchid Awardee of the World Health Organization and Department of Health for its strict implementation of smoke-free zones in the city for several years.
The National Games is in partnership with the Philippine Olympic Committee, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education, and the respective local government units. A local government unit should sponsor the athlete.
The first three medalists in each game will qualify for the National Championship which will be held in Bacolod City instead of Zamboanga City due to the raging war in the area.
The transfer of venue will be formally announced the opening ceremonies. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)