EDUCATION Secretary Armin Luistro on Monday lauded all the student athletes present at the opening ceremonies of the 6th Asean Schools Games (ASG), an annual sports competition among students of nations belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).
“We continue to applaud all of our athletes. We ask you to compete in the spirit of sportsmanship,” Luistro said.
“The future of Asean is all gathered here in Marikina City. I have no doubt that the best student athletes from the Asean countries are here tonight,” the DepEd chief added.
Some 1,500-student athletes from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines will compete with each other in the 11 sports included in the ASG.
The sporting event, which officially opened on Sunday, will run until December 7.
Luistro said that, 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 display of solidarity among nations proves that neither borders nor cultural barriers are hindrances to the development and further camaraderie among Asean countries,” he said.
“This ASG is not a mere sporting event but a parade of culture among participating countries. We dare learn from each other. We learn that differences allow us to enjoy and appreciate the various treasures in each of our cultures,” the DepEd chief added.
“The ASG promises an opportunity among Asean youth through sports, and for school athletes to interact and engage in cultural exchange within Asean. Hosting this particular sporting event is a first for Marikina City and the Philippines,” Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman said.]
On tap are athletics, swimming, badminton, golf, tennis, sepak takraw, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and wushu.
The venues for each sporting event are Marikina Sports Center for Athletics, Volleyball, Tennis, and Swimming; Trevvi Subdivision for Badminton; Our Lady of Perpetual Succor College for Sepak Takraw; St. Scholastica’s Academy for Wushu; Marikina Convention Center for Table Tennis; Marist School for Basketball; Rizal Stadium for Gymnastics; and Valley Golf and Country Club for Golf.