More than 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials will gather in Iloilo for the national finals of the 2012 Philippine Youth Games -Batang Pinoy on December 5 to 8.
Delegations will come from the National Capital Region (Metro Manila cities), Northern Luzon (Regions I-III & Cordillera Autonomous Region), Southern Luzon (Regions IV-A, IV-B and V), Mindanao (Regions IX-XII, Caraga and ARMM) and Visayas (Regions VI-VIII).
The 14 events of the finals are arnis, archery, athletics, swimming, basketball 3 on 3, badminton, table tennis, boxing, karatedo, taekwondo, chess, wushu and triathlon.
The games will be held at the Iloilo Sports Complex (for archery, athletics, swimming and basketball), the Western Visayas College of Science and Technology covered gym (for arnis), ISC covered gym (for chess, badminton and table tennis), La Paz tennis court (for lawn tennis), La Paz covered gym (for boxing), Iloilo National High School covered gym (for wushu), Jaro Plaza covered gym (for karatedo) and Western Institute of Technology new site covered gym (for taekwondo).
“Iloilo City is truly privileged to host this sporting event for the very first time and we are ensuring everything to make everyone’s stay here memorable, exciting and fruitful,” Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said.
The mayor has issued an executive order on the smooth conduct of the youth games, especially for those who will deal with security, billeting and other facilities for the athletes.
Iloilo Province is co-host of the event.
The PYGa-Batang Pinoy was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 44 to serve as national sports competition program for children aged 15 years old and below.
Batang Pinoy is in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Leagues of Provinces, cities, municipalities and barangays.
Management and supervision is done by the Philippine Olympic Committee and National Sports Associations, and other internationally recognized authorities in different sports.*PNA
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