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Batang Pinoy games in limbo
by Harley F. Palangchao

Baguio athletes are among the first to be affected if the Philippine Sports Commission pursues its plan to scrap the Batang Pinoy.

This as Baguio athletes representing the city government have been consistently dominating majority of the sport disciplines lined up for the annual tournament for athletes aged 15 years old and below.

But information has it that PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez could make good of his plan to sideline the multi-sport event, saying that Batang Pinoy is mere duplication of the annual Palarong Pambansa, the pioneering sports event of the Department of Education that attracts thousands of students from 17 regions.

Ramirez was also quoted as saying that the fund intended for the Batang Pinoy will be diverted to technical training and continuing education for coaches.

Concerned quarters, however, expressed concern about the plan, as the Batang Pinoy was not conceptualized to duplicate or compete with the Palarong Pambansa.

For one, the Batang Pinoy created by virtue of Executive Order 44 is supposed to prepare athletes 15 years old and below for the Palarong Pambansa, which caters to athletes aged 13 to 18 years old.

Some sport disciplines not played at the Palarong Pambansa are available during Batang Pinoy. These sport events are weight lifting, cycling, judo, rugby, triathlon, wrestling, and karatedo, which are Olympic sports.

This year’s Batang Pinoy national finals with a budget of around P50 million will be held in Cebu City from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

Batang Pinoy, which serves as the national sports competition program for children and is envisioned to address the need for a grassroots sports program centered on values formation inherent in the practice of sports and play, was conceptualized during the term of former PSC chief Carlos Tuason in 1999 before it took a break from 2003 to 2010.

The sports event was revived in Naga City in 2011, followed by editions in Iloilo in 2012, Bacolod in 2012and 2013, Cebu City in 2015, and Tagum City in 2016.

 
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