PSC EYES GROWTH OF ‘CHINESE CHESS’
The 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, is still half a decade away but a popular Chinese board game has started to create inroads in a bid to become a regular sport in the Philippines.
Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez has committed to make Xiangqi, also known as Chinese chess, a popular game among the wealthy Filipino-Chinese communities in the country.
Ramirez was the guest of honor at the opening of the 15th World Xiangqi Championship Tuesday at Manila Hotel with 124 players from 25 countries competing in the men’s and women’s divisions for a total cash prize of $42,000 (roughly P2.2 million).
“I’m hoping that Chinese chess won’t just be available in every world championship, but perhaps it can be played in any community in the Philippines casually in the spirit of friendship,” said Ramirez.
Plans are afoot to include the sport in the 2022 Asiad.