Batang Pi­noy Visayas re­gion­als kicks off to­day

Business World - - WORLDSPORTS -

DUMAGUETE — The Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion’s last ma­jor multi- sport com­pe­ti­tion for the year, the Batang Pi­noy Visayas re­gion­als, un­folds to­day at the Lam­berto Ma­cias Sports and Cul­tural Cen­ter here.

Close to 2,500 par­tic­i­pants from all over the Visayas will see ac­tion in the sports­fest ush­ered in by open­ing cer­e­monies at 4 p. m. at the fa­cil­ity graced by PSC Chair­man Butch Ramirez, Sen. Miguel Zu­biri, the author of the law mak­ing ar­nis the na­tional sport, and Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe An­to­nio “Ipe” Re­mollo.

Events on tap are ath­let­ics, archery, ar­nis, bad­minton,base­ball, box­ing, bas­ket­ball, chess, dance­s­port, karatedo, lawn ten­nis, sepak

takraw, pen­cak silat, swim­ming, soft­ball, ta­ble ten­nis, taek­wondo, ta­ble ten­nis and vol­ley­ball in this week­long com­pe­ti­tion at this scenic sea­port city.

Dumaguete is the home­town of youth­ful Malaysia South­east Asian Games sil­ver medal­ist Ni­cole Ta­gle, 15, who be­came the first Filipino ath­lete to qual­ify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina.

The Batang Pi­noy Games is one of the PSC’s grass­roots sports de­vel­op­ment pro­grams that has been cited by the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion in pro­mot­ing sports as part of a coun­try’s na­tional pol­icy.

The Games were the brain­child of the late PSC chair­man Butch Tua­son, who launched the pro­gram in 2000 and be­came one of the gov­ern­ment sports agency’s projects in scout­ing young sports tal­ent at a in the coun­try­side.

Chair­man Ramirez, who was then a com­mis­sioner, was the over­all co­or­di­na­tor of the se­cond edi­tion of the Batang Pi­noy Na­tional Games held in 2001 at the Santa Cruz Sports Com­plex in the La­guna pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal.

The Visayas re­gion­als fol­lows the highly suc­cess­ful Lu­zon re­gion­als held in Vi­gan, Ilo­cos Sur two weeks ago.

The Min­danao re­gion­als, which was sup­posed to be the kick-off leg of the meet, was not pushed through be­cause of the armed con­flict in Marawi City last May, al­though the Batang Pi­noy fi­nals will likely be held some­time early next year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.