3 sports out of B. Pinoy
By: Manila Bulletin
The lack of participants forced the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to scrap judo, soft tennis and pencak silat from the roster of sports in the Batang Pinoy national finals which takes the spotlight from November 19-23 at the Panaad Sports Complex in Bacolod City.
“We have no choice but to delete the three events. It is useless to hold competitions with limited participants. It will defeat the purpose of Batang Pinoy discovering young potential talents,” project director Atty. Jay Alano told the Bulletin.
A total of 2,005 athletes qualified in the three legs in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are seeing action in 21 sports in the five-day competition for athletes 15 years old and below.
A total of 811 come from Luzon, 590 in Visayas and 604 in Mindanao.
PSC provided an allowance of P3,000 each to athletes and coaches apart from free board and lodging.
The finals was originally scheduled in Zamboanga but the city begged off the recent bombings, forcing the PSC to transfer the venue to Bacolod City.
“Being the host city, my administration will extend all available assistance to ensure the success of Batang Pinoy,” noted Bacolod City mayor Puentevella.
“This is the best of the best competition. For sure, new heroes and heroines will emerge in this tournament,” said Batang Pinoy in charge Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez.
Among the prominent young potential athletes discovered include swimmers Maurice Sacho Ilustre and Marc Aubrey Santos and archer Althea Nasha Dionaldo.