Batang Pinoy finals fire off January 28

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The Philippine Sports Commission–Philippine Olympic Committee Batang Pinoy national finals shall finally push through on January 28 to February 1, 2014 in Bacolod City.

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The national championships of the centerpiece sports program for children 15 years and below of the PSC and POC was originally set on November 14 to 25 2013 but was rescheduled because of the devastation of Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan) that hit the Visayas on November 8.

A total of 21 sports will be played at the following venues: Panaad Park and Stadium for arnis, athletics, cycling, swimming and triathlon; Pohang Court for badminton; Tay Tung High School for basketball 3-on-3 (boys and girls); Bay Center for boxing; New Government Center for chess; University of St. La Salle for dancesport, gymnastics and volleyball (Boys and Girls); Negros Occidental Multi-Purpose Activity Center for futsal; Robinson’s Place for karatedo; Monte Vista for lawn tennis; University of Negros Occidental—Recoletos for sepak takraw; Bacolod National High School for tae kwon do and softball; Lopue’s San Sebastian for table tennis; SM Transport Hub for weightlifting; and Gaisano City for wrestling.

POC President Jose Cojuangco Jr., POC representative to Batang Pinoy Romeo Magat, PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia, Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Maranon Jr. and Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella will lead the opening ceremonies at Panaad Stadium on January 28.

“We look forward to seeing the Davao City delegation that topped the Mindanao qualifying leg held in Tagum City, said Garcia. Cebu City and Pangasinan finished first in the Visayas qualifying leg in Maasin City and the Luzon leg in Zambales, respectively.

Davao City announced that they would not join the national finals because of funding constraints.

Approximately 2,000 athletes are expected to see action in the meet.

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