All set for PSC-Batang Pinoy Oroquieta leg
THE long wait is finally over as the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will hold the Mindanao leg of the Philippine National Youth Games-Batang Pinoy (PNYG-BP) in Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental on March 6-12.
This was according to PNYG-BP PSC commissioner-in-charge Fatima Celia Kiram regarding the last qualifying leg of the annual sports event for out-of-school youth, inschool students and Filipino-foreign youth aged 15-years and below.
“We are so happy that finally, our kids from Mindanao will have their chance to peacefully and safely compete in our national sports tournament. Batang Pinoy is for them, to show their talent, to get out and play alongside other kids and to experience friendship and camaraderie,” Kiram said.
The event was originally set June 10-15, 2017 but was moved because of the Maute-ISIS threat in Mindanao which was also placed under martial law by the government. THE NCAA has introduced 3x3 as a special event this year with the hopes of making it a regular event in the near future.
Paul Supan, Jose Rizal University athletic director and NCAA Management Committee representative, said the plan was part of the league’s effort to help the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas grassroots development program while helping the fast-growing sport.
“The NCAA has always allowed our athletes to represent the country in the international tournament and we hope to do the same in 3x3 basketball,” said Supan.
Over the weekend, the NCAA succeeded in hosting its first ever 3x3 event with Letran topping the Under-14 division and JRU ruling the Under-18 section that was hosted by JRU at its Kalentong campus in Mandaluyong City.
A total of eight of the 10 participating schools have joined the event and the league is expecting full participation in future seasons.
Intere s t i n g l y, the tournament comes at a time when the Philippines is hosting its biggest ever 3x3 event—the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup scheduled June 8-12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.