Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS -

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.

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