INT’L MEETS LIE AHEAD OF PALARO STAND­OUTS

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - SPORTS - By June Navarro @ju­navINQ

Out­stand­ing ath­letes in the Palarong Pam­bansa have some­thing to look for­ward to.

Philip­pine Sports Com­mis­sion (PSC) Chair Butch Ramirez an­nounced that the top per­form­ers of the Palaro, be­gin­ning with this year’s edi­tion in Davao City, would be groomed to play in over­seas tour­na­ments.

Ramirez said the cho­sen ath­letes would un­dergo train­ing un­der the aus­pices of the PSC and De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd) after the big­gest na­tional games for stu­dent ath­letes in the el­e­men­tary and high school lev­els on April 28 to May 4.

“They will be han­dled by ac­cred­ited coaches,” Ramirez said. “These out­stand­ing ath­letes will then be sent to com­pete in Asean (South­east Asia) and Asian meets.”

The PSC and DepEd have formed a part­ner­ship to dis­cover and nur­ture sport­ing tal­ents from the Palaro.

Both gov­ern­ment agen­cies will also col­lab­o­rate with lo­cal gov­ern­ment units na­tion­wide, the De­part­ment of Health, Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, Com­mis­sion on Higher Ed­u­ca­tion and Armed Forces of the Philip­pines.

“We feel that there’s some­thing lack­ing, so we will be part­ner­ing with them to forge grass­roots pro­gram in sports,” said Ramirez.

The Batang Pi­noy and Chil­dren’s Games are other sources of tal­ents.

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