It is all systems go for the first ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) in the Philippines.
The 6th ASG, an annual sports competition among students of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), will kick-off at the Marikina Sports Complex on Sunday.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro, said that all the necessary preparations and logistical support to ensure safe and smooth conduct of the 6th ASG were in place.
“This is first time that the Philippines will host the ASG. We are confident that we will be able to run the event successfully through the help of our partners in Marikina City and the private sector,” he said.
Apart from providing the youth with opportunities to showcase their sporting talents, the ASG promotes solidarity and fosters cultural exchange among the youth of participating countries.
Luistro said, “This (ASG) is very important, not only for Marikina but most especially for the Philippines, because here we can showcase the country’s talents in the area of sports and show that we are ready for the world.”
He added, “Competitive sports are informal learning experiences for the youth; they hone the values of precision, discipline, and fairness. So while students are showcasing their talents in sports, the ASG also presents an opportunity to gather the youth for the purpose of personal development and life skills enrichment through collective wisdom and experiences.”
Participating countries are Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Athletics, swimming, badminton, golf, tennis, sepak takraw, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and wushu are the 11 sports to be played in the ASG. PNA