BBEAL gears for 31st season
ELEVEN of the biggest colleges and universities gear up for the 31st season of the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League [BBEAL].
The BBEAL has 22 sporting events with athletes preparing for combative sports including Muay Thai this season.
Overall Chairman Commissioner and Kings College of the Philippines Athletic Director Michael Humiding said Muay Thai is supported by a majority of the schools and has become a regular medal sport.
“BBEAL is trying to come out innovative ways to make a season and come up with a new sport, Muay Thai.”
Humiding said when it comes to focus Baguio-Benguet athletes excel in combative sports seeing local athletes triumph in Taekwondo, Wushu, Muay Thai, and Arnis internationally.
The league saw seven schools joining Muay Thai last year and is hoping for more this season, themed “Producing Leaders through Sports Excellence.”
Student athletes will battle it out in this year’s opening season slated at the Kings College of the Philippines gymnasium, October 21 with events lined up in the first phase including archery, badminton, baseball, chess, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, wushu, basketball, and futsal as a demo sport.
For its second semester events include arnis, athletics, football, judo, softball, boxing, lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, mua thai, and karate (demo-sport).
Humiding said community involvement is crucial for the league as he appealed to various companies, corporations, and the local government to promote the premier league in the North.
BBEAL has Samahan ng Basketball ng Pilipinas commissioner, Danny Soria pledging the best officials to aid the games this year.
The Philippine Sports Commission has pledged P200, 000 to augment expenses of the league.