Baguio sets title retention bid in Batang Pinoy-Luzon

RETAINING the over-all title will be the foremost goal of Baguio City when the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy Luzon Games formally open this October 15-19 at Iba, Zambales.

More than 300 delegates leaves October 14,most of them athletes, as they set their sight for a rare grandslam where some of them may make it to the second Youth Olympics to be held in Nanjing, China in 2014.

City sports coordinator Gaudencio Gonzales said all preparations have been made to assure the proper transport of all the delegates.

"Okay na lahat, so far ang iisipin na lamang ay ang makarating doon at irepresent ang city natin," said Gonzales.

Despite the hopes of winning the overall title, Gonzales said other delegates still would like to prove their dominance in some sports.

“NCR at Pangasinan pa rin ang mabibigat na kalaban natin diyan, pero confident pa rin tayo na yung overall sa atin mapupunta,” Gonzales added.

This year, a total of fifteen events will be joined by Baguio athletes which include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, swimming, taekwondo, table tennis, wrestling, and wushu.

Last year, Baguio topped the events in archery, arnis, athletics, taekwondo, wrestling, and wushu.

Gonzales said he is more than confident the young athletes will be able to bag the overall championship for Luzon for the third time after grabbing it in 2011 and 2012.

“Confident naman tayo na kakayanin ng mga bata natin na iuwi ulit ang panalo,” Gonzales said.

Philippine Youth Games – Batang Pinoy serves as the national sports competition program for children, and is envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play.

The program aims to provide the structure for a truly comprehensive sports development program for children 15 years old and below.

High performing athletes will undergo high-level training for three years in preparation for the second edition of Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014, and for other international age group competitions.

The Visayas leg of Batang Pinoy which just happened last September 24-29 held in Maasin City was championed by Cebu City.

Meanwhile POC-PSC announced the change of venue for the qualifying national championships on November 19-23 from Zamboanga City to transfer to Bacolod City due to the previous war in the region.

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