IN A bid to spark interest, SolarTV will hold a two-day Youth Olympic Camp at Market! Market! in Taguig in time for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games slated August 14-26 in Singapore.

The camp will be held August 7-8, primarily to promote the event to be exclusively aired by the network.

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SolarTV is airing the participation of the nine-man RP Team, led by world weightlifting champion Patricia Llena, in the YOG that features athletes 14-18 years old from around 205 countries.

The nine Filipinos are part of the 3,600 athletes competing in 26 Olympic events.

Aside from Llena, who was also designated RP flag bearer during the formal opening, others on the team are promising tennis star Jeson Patrombon, taekwondo jin Kirk Barbosa, swimmers Jasmine Alkhaldi and Jessie Lacuna and the 3-on-3 basketball team of Cris Michael Tolomia, Jeron Teng, Michael Anthony Pate and Bobby Ray Parks Jr.

“Right now, the athletes are in the last stages of their preparations, and from the reports we have from their coaches, they will peak on time,” said Mark Joseph, Philippine Amateur Swimming Association president and the country’s chief of mission for the YOG.

“Their spirits are high and they are excited to compete against the best in the world. All our athletes and countrymen should be inspired and proud of these young Olympians,” he added. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)