Oro athletes aim for golds in Batang Pinoy National Finals

QUALIFIED athletes from the City of Gold are raring to see action in the National Finals of the Batang Pinoy Meet.

To be spearheaded by its formidable pugs and chess players, Cagayan de Oro city sports chief Jaymar Rivera is confident for the gold quest of Mayor Oscar Moreno's young wards in the multifarious event.

"We took the overall championship in boxing during the Mindanao qualifier in Davao del Norte wherein nangharos sab ang chess among other events. Of course, we're optimistic nga maka-deliver gihapon ang mga bata sa national finals," Rivera said.

The Palawan's capital city of Puerto Princesa will host the National Finals of the Batang Pinoy, according to the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez said the Batang Pinoy national secretariat have already discussed with Puerto Princesa Mayor Lucilo Bayron to finalize the details of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the tournament, which was scheduled from August 25 to 31 this year.

"We have happily accepted the offer of Puerto Prinsesa to host the national finals," said Ramirez in a statement.

An estimated 10,000 athletes, who took part in the qualifying legs held in Tagum City, Iloilo City and Ilagan City, will see action in 21 sports.

Participants in billiards, cycling, gymnastics, judo and muay thai were given automatic slots in the National Finals.

Last year's National Finals was co-hosted by Baguio City and the province of Benguet. (LLS with reports from PNA)


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