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Batang Pinoy underway

  • Written by Robert Andaya
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DUMAGUETE -- Action in the Batang Pinoy  Visayas Games finally kicks off  Saturday, Nov. 11  at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium and  other venues around the city.

More  than 2,800 athletes from 50 local government units  will begin their campaign in the week-long competition, which offers a  total of 2,731 medals in 19 sports, including  the centerpiece events of  athletics and swimming.

Hostilities in  athletics will be held at the Gov. Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium, and swimming at the Lorenzo G. Teves Memorial Aqua Center.

Basketball,  a  favorite sport in this  beautiful island  in  the Negros Province,  will be played at the Lamberto Marcias Sports and Cultural  Center

The other sports   in the event, which  is open to athletes 15 years old and below, are  archery, arnis, badminton, baseball, boxing, chess, dancesport, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat,  sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball and beach volleyball.

The other venues are Silliman  University,  Negros Convention Center,  Robinson’s Place, St. Louie High  School Rizal Boulevard, and  eight  other venues.
    
The National Finals for the Batang Pinoy 2017-2018 will be expected to be held in the last week of February 2018.
    
Meanwhile,  the PSC and the Philippine Sports Institute will hold a series of sports  science talks as part of the Batang Pinoy Games.
    
PSI  deputy  director  for grassroots Salvador  Marlon Malbog IV said the four-day course, will cover five  subjects, will be held at the Foundation  University beginning on Sunday,
    
“We will have courses in first aid, sports nutrition, performance analysis among children, maximizing performance  using  movement efficiency screening and sports nutrition,” said Malbog, a former  basketball coach at  the Ateneo de Davao.
    
The event is  open for free to coaches and participants of the week-long competition.
    
He added that they have invited speakers who are experts in these respective areas that play an important role in enhancing the performance of athletes, whether beginners or at the elite level.
    
“At the end of these sports science talks, we hope our coaches will be able to impart what they learned to their young athletes so they can perform  better,”said Malbog.