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AFTER serving as an instrument of peace in Mindanao, the Children’s Games of the Philippine Sports Commission will now bring its act in the Cordilleras.

PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the Games would set up camp in La Trinidad, Benguet, on July 11-13 where nearly a thousand kids 12 years old and below in the mountainous region are expected to participate.

According to Ramirez, getting these children into sports early would prepare them in bigger tournaments ahead like the Batang Pinoy Games, Palarong Pambansa, Philippine National Games and eventually in international meets while playing for the national team.

“But we’re not only expecting to get children into sports. We also want to mold them as responsible and well-rounded future leaders of our country,’’ said Ramirez.

“This is the real gold medal that we should be aiming for. Once we encourage kids to play here, their lives will begin to change through sports,’’ he added.

Project director Ronnel Abrenica said the Children’s Games is the vehicle to discover young talented athletes on the barangay level nationwide.

“This is the thrust of President Duterte, to make sports accessible to all,” said Abrenica.

Over 600 children participated in the highly successful Mindanao Children’s Games held in Davao City last month despite the ongoing crisis in Marawi City. NEW YORK—Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, fired back Monday at John McEnroe’s remark that she would only rank about 700th on the men’s tennis circuit.

McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles winner, called Williams “best female player ever—no question,” in comments to National Public Radio aired Sunday.

But asked why she should not be considered the best of all time, McEnroe added: “If she had to just play the circuit—the men’s circuit—that would be an entirely different story.”

McEnroe, speaking on a tour to promote his new book “But Seriously,” said he would place Williams “like 700 in the world” on the ATP Tour.

“Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based,” she wrote.

“I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir.” Williams, 35, won this year’s Australian Open for her seventh Melbourne crown and her 23rd Slam singles title, setting an Open Era record and moving one shy of Margaret Court’s alltime Slam singles title record. In April, Williams announced that she was pregnant and would not compete for the remainder of the season. Williams has won Wimbledon and the Australian Open seven times, the US Open six times and the French Open three times. McEnroe, 58, is a former world numberonelike Williams. He won four US Open and three Wimbledon singles titles.


SASANDAL ang San Beda Red Lions kay dating DLSU guard Robert Bolick. SERENA Williams

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