MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Ilocos Sur said on Thursday, October 27, that the province is ready to host the scaled down 2022 Philippine Youth Games, more popularly known as the Batang Pinoy.
In a ceremony attended by PSC top brass and Ilocos Sur Governor Jerry Singson, the two parties formally inked the pact that will let the northern province hold the meet from December 17 to 22, the first time that the multi-sport event will be held during the pandemic.
“I know that it will be a very exciting time for our young athletes and we certainly hope that this will finally give them an opportunity to compete, interact, and be part of the community of young athletes that will be part of their holistic development as healthy citizens,” said Eala during the press conference.
“It is going to be the first major PSC-organized competition under my watch and that is why I am very honored to do it in Ilocos Sur, where the Ealas came from,” he added.
During the event that will feature athletes aged 10-15, a total of 1,830 medals will be awarded that will be scattered across 17 sports, 8 to be held virtually, and 8 in a face-to-face format.
One event, the obstacle course, will be held as a demo sport. In the last staging, the Baguio meet hosted a total of 20 sports.
According to Eala, arnis, dancesport, judo, karate, muay, pencak silat, taekwondo, and wushu will be held virtually, with the entries judged from November 1-20.
The martial arts events will not feature combat but only the forms category, such as poomsae in taekwondo and kata in karate.
On the other hand, archery, athletics, badminton, chess, cycling, table tennis, swimming, weightlifting, and obstacle course will be held face to face.
Eala added that 144 local government units across 81 provinces will participate in the event for a total of about 6,200 athletes and 3,800 coaches and officials.
Singson on the other hand, hopes that the hosting can jumpstart their economy that had been hit hard by the pandemic.
“I thank sir Eala for giving us the permission to host the Batang Pinoy 2022 in our humble province,” remarked Singson.
“It is a big thing for us because through sports, our province will be known again and hopefully our economy will be boosted through sports.” – Rappler.com