Dumaguete host of PH National Games

Inquirer Libre - Davao - - SPORTS - By June Navarro

THE PHILIPPINE Sports Commission is eager to discover the finest Filipino athletes regardless of affiliation in the Philippine National Games.

PSC Chair William Ramirez yesterday announced the PNG would be hosted by Dumaguete City on Dec. 1- 5 to determine who among the competitors from various sports are worthy for the national team.

He hinted that the national games could be the venue for the anticipated swim-off between swimmers of the Philippine Swimming Inc. and the Philippine Swimming League.

“There will be no more regional qualifyings unlike before,” said Ramirez. “A one-time national tournament for all has more impact. It will showcase the best athletes in the country.”

According to the PSC chief, the PNG will be a weeklong tournament with a fiesta atmosphere where they expect at least 5,000 athletes from different parts of the country, all of them aspiring for slots in the national pool.

The government sports agency will invite all local government units as early as possible along with the regular members of the national team under the national sports associations.

“We expect a lot of conflict to happen there,” said Ramirez. “By doing this, we will be able to identify the athletes for the national team.”

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