PSC revives Batang Pinoy, PNG

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is upbeat to tap more talents in the grassroots level when the agency led the revival of the Batang Pinoy and the Philippine National Games.

PSC chairman Richie Garcia said the main agenda for the revival of the two multi-event tournaments is to scout more talents who could join the elite national roosters for future international competition, particularly the Southeast Asian Games, Asian Games and hopefully the Olympics.

“Tapping more talents from the grassroots level is our main objective when we announced to support the revival of the Batang Pinoy and PNG,” said Garcia, who announced that budget is not an issue anymore in this sports program last seen in 2003.

Open to all Filipinos, the National Open will be funded by the PSC, as confirmed by the government’s sports agency.

But unlike in the regular National Open being conducted by several national sports associations (NSAs) where mostly legitimate members of the federations or clubs are allowed to compete, the event will be open to all Filipino aspirants.

“We’ll make it a point that the Batang Pinoy and the PNG will be open to all Filipinos. It’s the country who will benefit from new talents to be discovered and besides, it’s the people’s money that is being used to fund this event,” said Garcia.

NSAs accredited by the Philippine Olympic Committee will help out in terms of technical expertise. They will also supervise and endorse competitors for the planned National Open.

The NSAs will also be allowed to hold pre-qualifying events that have a large number of participants.

The PSC will lead the search for new talents who might be given a chance to compete in the near future, including next year’s Southeast Asian Games in Palembang , Indonesia from November 11 to 25.

In the recent Guangzhou Asian Games, the veteran-laden Philippine squad produced only three gold, four silver and nine bronze medals, prompting sports officials to come up with this new program.

The Batang Pinoy catered young athletes, including out-of-school youth, aged 14-and under, while the PNG centered for athletes 15 and up.

“Nakita natin na may continuity sa programang ito. After competing in Batang Pinoy, akyat naman sila sa PNG and after the PNG puwede na silang masama sa national training pool and hopefully madevelop pa natin ng husto para sa SEA Games,” said Garcia.

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