The City Sports Development Office is conducting try-outs among athletes to select the contingents to the 2023 Batang Pinoy and Philippine National Games which will be simultaneously conducted on Dec. 17 to 22 in Metro Manila.
Baguio Sports Division Chief Gaudencio Gonzales said there will be 25 events for the two competitions, namely archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball (3×3), boxing, chess, cycling, dancesport, e-sports, football, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, beach volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, wushu, and kickboxing.
Around 500 athletes are expected to make up the city’s delegation to the two competitions.
Batang Pinoy is a national youth sports meet for athletes aged 17 years old and below while the PNG is a national multi-sport tournament for athletes 18 years old and above conducted to select the national pool of athletes to represent the country to international sports competitions.
The Department of the Interior and Local Government said the two sports meets under the auspices of the Philippine Sports Commission are by virtue of Kautusang Tagapagpaganap Bilang 44-1998 at 163-1994.
A total of 149 cities and 82 provinces from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are expected to join the two tournaments. – Aileen P. Refuerzo