Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Commissioner Celia Kiram on Sunday expressed optimism that the weeklong Batang Pinoy National Finals will produce future sports heroes.
Batang Pinoy is the PSC’s grassroots development program that caters to school-based and out-of-school athletes 17-years-old and below.
“Batang Pinoy is a source of national pride because the best-of-the-best young home-grown talents from the countryside are seeing action in their favorite sports,” said Kiram, who was designated by PSC Chairman William Ramirez to supervise the tournament.
“I expect young fresh talents to emerge and new records will be established because all the participants have the burning ambition to shine in their pet events,” added Kiram, who headed the Philippine delegation to the Children of Asia International Sports Games in Russia this year.
Champions in the Batang Pinoy are sent to the Children of Asia tournament, an annual competition held in the northeastern Russian region of Yakutia.
Kiram, who is assisted by fellow Commissioner and former journalist Charles Maxey, said the PSC has allocated P15 million to ensure the successful conduct of the Batang Pinoy National Finals at the Tagum Sports and Tourism Complex in Davao del Norte.
Around 13,000 athletes are competing in 27 sports calendared in the Batang Pinoy.