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Bacolod to host Batang Pinoy

  • Written by Elmer Manuel
  • Published in Other Sports
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BACOLOD City -- The City of Smiles  once again plays host to the 2014  Batang Pinoy National Finals with over 3,000 student-athletes who qualified in their respective legs competing for a spot in the national pool in the annual grassroots development program of  the  Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).
Aside from the 26 sports disciplines that are included in this year’s staging of the national finals which will have the opening ceremonies today at the Paglaum Complex, fencing will also take centerstage as it kicks off on a satellite venue in Manila.
The sports disciplines that will hold the national finals here are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball 3-on-3, billiards, boxing, chess, dancesport, futsal, karatedo, lawn tennis, muaythai, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting and wrestling.
Three more sports which did not have qualifying legs in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao --  cycling, pencak  silat and wushu -- will also cop their national  finals here in the birthplace of the Batang Pinoy games, known previously as the Philippine National Youth Games.
The Mindanao leg was held in September in Pagadian City,  the Visayas leg in October in Kalibo, Aklan and the Luzon qualifiers last  month in Naga City.
Triathlon competitions will jumpstart the medal battles in the early morning events tomorrow, while boxing, chess and table tennis open their elimination rounds in the week-long competitions for students 15 years old and below.
Registration for athletes is still ongoing up to Dec. 10 to give way to participants that will come in late due to Typhoon Ruby.
A seminar for coaches has been set among the activities lined up for  officials  prior to the opening of the games, according to the event website.