AFTER months of preparations, the 6th Asean Schools Games (ASG), an annual sports competition among students of nations belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), kicks off today at the Marikina Sports Complex.
This is the first time that the Philippines will host the event.
Education Secretary Armin Luistro said the Department of Education (DepEd) and the city government of Marikina made all the necessary preparations to ensure the safe and smooth conduct of the competition.
The participating countries are Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
“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,” Luistro said.
Apart from providing the youth opportunities to showcase their sporting talents, the ASG promotes solidarity and fosters cultural exchange among the youth of participating countries.
“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,” Luistro said.
“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,” the DepEd chief added.
On tap are athletics, swimming, badminton, golf, tennis, sepak takraw, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and wushu.