PH gymnasts seek Youth Olympic Games berth in home competition
MANILA, Philippines – Four Filipino gymnasts will banner the national squad in the 4th Asian Senior and Junior Trampoline Gymnastics Championships on May 19 to 20 at the University of Makati Gym.
Junior stars Shane Francis Peralta in the boys division and Fiona Mae Ventenilla in the girls division will aim for slots in the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), as the continental tournament serves as a qualifier for the youth quadrennial event that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October 2018.
Composing the national seniors squad are Francisco Deorelar and Benjamin Jesus Mendoza in the men’s division and Erin Abaniel in the women’s division.
Normita Ty – wife of the late national gymnastics standout and coach Santiago Ty – will head the national contingent while Rexel Ryan Fabriga and Liwliva Peralta will serve as the coaches of the squad.
“We are delighted to host this huge Asian gymnastics event and would like to thank the Asian Gymnastic Union for allowing us to conduct this competition featuring the best trampoline athletes in Asia," said Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) president Cynthia Carrion, a member of the AGU Executive Board.
Almost 100 athletes hailing from 10 countries will take part in the two-day gymnastics tourney organized by the GAP, and supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Tourism Promotions Board, and the Makati City government led by Mayor Abigail Binay.
“We welcome the best trampoline athletes from Asia to this event, which is also one way of promoting and popularizing this fast-growing sport worldwide in our country,” added Carrion.
Competing in the championships are China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and host Philippines.
The visiting delegations are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, May 17, with the practice scheduled for Friday, May 18. – Rappler.com