PATAFA holds virtual challenge

With the pandemic still in full swing, the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (PATAFA) launched the Milo National Kids Athletics Games to give young athletes a safe and healthy way of sustaining their physical activities.

PATAFA president Philip Ella Juico said the online training program that will run from 27 November until February next year will boost the youth development program that has been heavily hampered by the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“This is a very crucial program especially now that we have a pandemic and many children, as I have noticed, do not have playmates at the moment,” Juico, a former Philippine Sports Commission chairman, in a virtual press briefing Friday.

“The movement to a child is like water to a fish. You can’t stop them from moving around.”

The program will have three categories — the 10-under, 12-under and 15-under — and participants will be asked to send videos where they are doing actual exercises.

Among the exercises required are square jumps, star jumps, Stationary running high knees, sit-up simulated throw, quick feet, front lunge twist, modified push-up and sumo squat jumps with rests in between.

Eight national team members in Christine Hallasgo, Natalie Uy, Kristina Knott, Willie Morrison, Sarah Dequinan, Clinton Bautista, Aries Toledo and Melvin Calano will make the demonstrations in the instructional videos.

Winners in each category will be announced weekly.

Then, they will advance in the finals on 26 February in which they will vie in a live competition.

“Through the years, both Milo and PATAFA worked in synergy towards nation-building and by leveraging technology, we were able to drive our pursuit in having kids stay active,” said Lester Castillo, assistant vice president for marketing of Nestle Philippines.

“With physical activity, children become better learners.”

Date: November 22, 2020 | By: Bea Micaller | Newspaper: Tribune | Source: