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.