Philippine National Games unfolds today

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PROMISING athletes from the provinces will compete against members of the national team as the 2014 Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine

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Olympic Committee (PSC-POC) National Games starts in a fitting opening ceremonies set at 5 p.m. at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said that aspiring athletes will have a chance to be included in the national training pool if they can prove themselves in the fourth edition of the revival of the annual competition, which will be participated in by more than 5,000 athletes in 54 disciplines.

”In the PNG, promising athletes can have a chance to prove themselves since they will be competing against our elite athletes. If they [young athletes]can prove themselves, then we will recommend them to the NSA concern for inclusion. It’s really only the national sports association (NSA) which has the authority to form their respective national team. Our job in the PSC is to provide funding,” said Garcia.

Garcia likewise warned elite athletes to be prepared especially those in the priority list, who are receiving more than P50,000 monthly honorarium from the PSC because if they loss then their status will be downgraded.

”They (priority athletes) should be on top in their respective endeavors or else, they will be downgraded,” added Garcia.

Meanwhile, competition in gymnastics, which started on Monday showed Mikhaela Kirsten Silverio winning two gold medals and a silver in the seniors division to become the first bemedalled athlete. Her first was in the women’s rhythmic event with 51.475 points, then she won the seniors women’s club and ribbon event with 12.725 points before settling for second in the ribbon apparatus with 11.4 points.

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