MORE than 5,000 athletes including members of national teams will compete in 54 sporting events of the 2014 Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee (PSC-POC) National Games set to start on Friday at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.
“We expect an even bigger PNG this year than the previous ones. We encourage all aspiring athletes to participate and compete against members of the national team,” said PSC chairman Richie Garcia. The PSC according to Garcia allocated a P20 million budget for the PNG.
Joining the 10-day competition is compulsory to all members of the national team especially those who are in the priority list.
“Any of our priority athletes who will lose will be downgraded,” Garcia said.
Four Filipino-American athletes have already confirmed their participation in the event while Singapore will also send a contingent in the meet’s open competition.
Among the featured sports are archery, arnis, weightlifting, pencak silat, wrestling, athletics, fencing, karatedo, sepak takraw, badminton, baseball, boxing, diving, gymnastics, lawn tennis, muay thai, soft tennis, swimming, tae kwon do, underwater hockey and volleyball.