Climaco lauds Zambo’s ‘Batang Pinoy’ athletes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:36

Mayor Beng Climaco has commended the city’s young athletes ages 15 and below for their medal-rich performance in the recently concluded “Batang Pinoy” national championship games in Bacolod City.

Climaco said the city’s “Batang Pinoy” athletic delegation had harvested a total of 74 medals— 29 gold, 10 silver and 35 bronze—from the different sporting events during the national championship last week.

She said the young Zamboangueño athletes had demonstrated their prowess in different events despite their lack of training and the non-use of the facilities at the Joaquin F. Enrique? Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan due to the presence of hundreds of families displaced by the Zamboanga siege in September 2013.

“This is something we can be proud of our athletes and we thank the City Sports Division headed by Cecile Atilano for guiding and inspiring the athletes,” the chief executive said at the press briefing at the same time her Christmas party for members of the Zamboanga media last Monday at the Grand Astoria Hotel.

As in the past, the ‘Batang Pinoy’ medalists from such a national sports competition are expected to receive cash incentives from the city government, pursuant to an existing ordinance that grants the cash incentives to outstanding athletes.

The same “Batanga Pinoy” athletes had also reaped several medals from the BP Mindanao Games last two months ago

It can be recalled, Zamboanga City with its then highly acclaimed JFE Memorial Sports Complex played host to the 2011 Batang Pinoy qualifying games for Mindanao (Oct. 27-30, 2011) at the time when the city was in the thick of the ?amboanga Hermosa festivities.

The Batang Pinoy was last held in 2004 but was revived seven years later in 2011 to boost the country’s search for future national team standouts. It hopes to find potentials in archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, chess, gymnastics, judo, swimming, tennis, table tennis, taekwondo, wrestling and weightlifting.— Vic Larato