The country’s young promising athletes will be vying for honors and pride in the 2016 Philippine National Youth Games—Batang Pinoy National Championships scheduled on November 27 to December 2 in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte.
The multisporting event for 17 years and below wil serves as venue to select athletes for future international competitions including the Children of Asia International Sports Festival, the Asian Youth Games and the Youth Olympic Games.
It is open to all athletes especially those out-of-school youth who are hoping to earn spots in the national pool.
The Department of Interior and Local Government has already issued a memorandum circular ordering all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors and other concerned sectors of the government to work hand in hand with the Philippine Sports Commission to ensure the successful staging of this year’s Batang Pinoy.
“The program encourages all local chief executives to invest in the development of sports within their respective areas of jurisdiction. It also aims to widen the base to select potential athletes for future national and international sports competitions, primarily the quadrennial Youth Olympic Games,” said DILG Officer-In-Charge Catalino Cuy in a statement.
There are 26 sports discipline to be staged this year – archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball basketball (3-on-3), boxing, chess, cycling, dancesport, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, rugby, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.
Among the venues to be used are the Davao Del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, New Tgum City Hall, Rotary Park Gym, Tagum City Trade Center, University of Mindanao and Bulwagang Panlalawigan.
However, the gymnastics and wushu competitions will be held on later dates in Manila. Wushu wil be on December 5 to 8 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City while Gymnastics is slated on December 4 to 11 at the Rizal Memorial Gymnastics Hall in Malate, Manila.