CEBU will host the Philippine National Games (PNG) for the first time since 1997 on Dec. 10 to 16.
A total of 23 events will be staged in different parts of the province, while one event will be played in Manila. Eight events events are also in the waiting list.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Ramon S. Fernandez, who is the commissioner in charge of the PNG, said the events that would be staged in Cebu are athletics, swimming, weightlifting, dancesports, shooting, beach volleyball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, lawn tennis, boxing, judo, karatedo, arnis, gold, archery, football, taekwondo, triathlon, chess, cycling, baseball and softball.
“We have already identified 23 events to be staged here in Cebu, one in Manila, gymnastics, because we don’t have any venue for that event. And we are naming wushu, wrestling, sepak takraw, pencak silat, basketball, billiards, bowling, fencing and rugby 7s in the waiting list,” Fernandez said.
Places identified as venues of the event are the Cebu City Sports Center for athletics and swimming, University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus for weightlifting, Capitol Social Hall for Dancesports, Fort San Pedro Sand Court for beach volleyball, USC Main and USPF Gym for volleyball, Robinsons Galleria for table tennis, Danao City and MetroSports Badminton courts for badminton.
Citygreen Tennis Resort and Naga City for Lawn Tennis, Cebu Coliseum and Bogo City for boxing, Mandaue City for Judo and football, Naga City for karatedo, SM Seaside for arnis, Danao City for golf, archery and mountain bike and Tuburan for baseball, softball, taekwondo and road race cycling.
However, there will be changes in the coming days as the PSC is still finalizing some details before the memorandum of agreements with the host LGUs will be made.
For this year, the PNG will require members of the Philippine national teams to play for their places of origin. (RCM)