Thirty-two young Filipino athletes will see action in the 6th Children of Asia International Games beginning on July 5, in Yakutsk, Russia.
The country will be fielding in players in archery (2), athletics (3), boxing (2), chess (4), judo (7), swimming (6), table tennis (2), taekwondo (4) and wrestling (2).
Chef-de-mission Romeo Magat said that members of the team were top winners in the Batang Pinoy annual national tournament.
“These kids are multiple or twice gold medalist of our national meet. They are the best products of Batang Pinoy,” Magat told The Manila Times on Saturday.
Though, Magat said it is too early to predict the athletes’ medal output since this is their first time to join the Asian meet.
“This is not to predict or assume anything since it is our first time to join here and by the name itself, it is an Asian level. When you talk about Asian level, it’s pretty close to other international premiere sports league,” said Magat.
Magat said that the team’s performance in the meet would gauge if the Philippines’
grassroots sports program is at par with its Asian neighbors.
Joining Magat in Russia are deputy chef-de-mission and new PSC commissioner Celia Kiram as well as several trainers and coaches.
The Children of Asia International Sports Games, a quadrennial meet, held its first edition in 1996 in Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The Games were organized through the initiative of the first President of the Sakha Republic Mikhail Nikolayev to commemorate the Centennial of the modern Olympic Games.
The tournament is a prototype of the Youth Olympic Games that was first held in Singapore in 2010.