Good news or Bad news? This year’s Batang Pinoy National Championships 2020 will no longer have regional qualifying meets in order to reduce the costs of local government units (LGUs) and avoid conflict of schedules with other sports events.
This move was also made in order for Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to save cost after the institution spent millions of pesos when we hosted the Southeast Asian Games last year.
With swimming being the most participated sport in Batang Pinoy, no doubt a huge number of delegation all over the country is expected to strut their wares at this year’s nationals. Thus, without the regional qualifying meets, PSC might work with Philippine Swimming Incorporated (PSC) to set-up the qualifying times of this year’s BP Nationals in order to limit the number of participants at this year’s edition.
No definite date yet for the Batang Pinoy Nationals, but PSC has officially announced that it will be held at the newly renovated Rizal Memorial Sports complex in Manila and the Philsports Complex in Pasig which were given facelifts in time for the hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
The government’s sports agency also has plans of identifying 10 to 15 focus sports that will be played in the tournament.
Ramirez appointed executive director Merly Ibay and Atty Guillermo Yroy to head the PSC National Organizing Committee, which will finalize the schedule and plans for both PNG 2020 and BP 2020 competitions.
Just two months ago, the rehabilitation of the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and Philsports Arena drew flak before the SEA Games as workers rushed to complete the venues in time for the regional biennial meet.
The 85-year-old Rizal Memorial managed to host 5 SEA Games events, including the gymnastics events dominated by the country’s most bemedalled athlete Carlos Yulo, while the Philsports Arena held the volleyball tournaments where the country witnessed the men’s volleyball team claim its first SEA Games silver in 42 years.
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