• Milo Little Olympics NCR fires off today

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    First Filipino table tennis Olympian Ian Larriba  AFP PHOTO

    First Filipino table tennis Olympian Ian Larriba AFP PHOTO

    Over 4,000 student-athletes will be competing in the Milo Little Olympics National Capital Region Leg beginning today at the Marikina Sports Park in Marikina City.

    This year’s theme is Energizing Champions, Energizing Dreams. The annual youth sports competition aims to emphasize Milo’s unwavering commitment to the country in developing not only athleticism but also mental discipline among student-athletes who will be the next generation of sports heroes.

    First Filipino table tennis Olympian Ian Larriba will deliver an inspirational speech in the opening ceremonies.

    “We are expecting to showcase the athletes from NCR as well as from Southern Luzon. We are also featuring Larriba who will give an inspirational message to all,” Milo Sports Executive Robbie de Vera told The Manila Times.

    De Vera said that Larriba is an alumna of their sports program.

    “She graduated from the Milo Little Olympics – Mindanao and has won the most outstanding athlete plum for table tennis. What is good about her is that she attributes her success to her early training days in Little Olympics in Mindanao,” said De Vera.

    A cheerdance competition for elementary and high school students as well as a performance from the University of the Philippines Pep Squad will also be featured in the program.

    A total of 15 sports will be showcased in the Olympics among them badminton, basketball, chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, sepak takraw and scrabble. Arnis and karatedo will be featured as demonstration sports.

    The closing ceremonies will be held on September 11 at the SM City Masinag.

    JEAN RUSSEL V. DAVID

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