THERE will be no more regional qualifying tournament for the Batang Pinoy 2016 National Finals, which will be held on Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 in Tagum City.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Ramon “El Presidente” Fernandez told Sun.Star Cebu that the date and venue has been finalized for the meet which will be for athletes the 17 years old and under. It was decided during their regular PSC board meeting.
Because the date is already close, the PSC has decided to let go of the usual regional qualifying legs and will leave it to the hands of the Local Government Units to establish their own selection process in order to come up with the best possible delegation.
“The LGUs are going to select the athletes they want to represent their place. And the system of selection is all up to them,” Fernandez said.
PSC is set to send invitation letters to the LGUs while the Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) is also set to issue a memorandum circular within this week for the conduct of the Batang Pinoy 2016 National Championships.
During the National Consultative meeting held last Sept 22 and 23, PSC announced that the Batang Pinoy National Finals would be in Dumaguete City.
However, things has changed within a week after Dumaguete City showed no interest in hosting the meet, while Davao del Norte Gov. Antonio Rafael del Rosario asked PSC for the right to host the competition.
PSC also changed the age limit of the competition from 15 years old to 17 years old.
They changed the limit to to widen the base of athletes who could be members of the national team for international sports competitions. They are eyeing Batang Pinoy standouts to represent the country in the Youth Olympic Games.