The Philippines’ active participation in international sports competitions will be on full display in next year’s Children of Asia Games. Athletes from around the country who participated in the recently concluded 2019 Batang Pinoy National Championship will be competing in various events. Not only will the Philippine Sports Commission automatically select gold medalists, but exceptional performers will be given a shot at joining the national team.

Who are the winners?

Three qualifying legs of the national championship were held around the country and ultimately commenced in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. About 5,000 officials and athletes competed in 31 sports events. The aim is to tap players for key events such as tennis, athletics, arnis, boxing, baseball, cycling, and wrestling.

At the closing of the games, Baguio City nabbed the top spot retaining its overall title as champion. The delegates from Baguio did well on combat sports, with 14 of their total 34 golds coming from Wushu. Additional 10 gold medals came from judo and muay Tai, while eight gold medals were earned from Taekwondo.

Meanwhile, coming in at close second was Cebu City were outstanding players garnered a total of 11 gold medals in arnis and eight golds from archery. Tailing behind Cebu City are Davao City, Laguna Province, and Quezon City.

Indeed, from the pool of exceptional athletes who won gold medals in individual and group sports, the Philippine Sports Commission will have a tough job selecting which players to pick for the Children of Asia Games. The international event will be held in Mongolia on August 15 to 25, 2020.

Children of Asia Games: a background

The preparation of the Philippine team for the Children of Asia Games will not be a small feat. The International Olympic Committee also supports this international sporting event. That is to say, that athletes who do well in these events are also likely to become Olympic athletes. The main goal of the game is to promote sports among youth and children. The event also aims to enhance cooperation among Asian nations within the domain of sports.

The first Children of Asia Games was held in 1996 in commemoration of 100 years of modern Olympics. In a way, the Children of Asia Games is a prototype of the Youth Olympics. The event itself echoes much of what the adult Olympics represents.

Participating in this sporting event is an opportunity for countries to embrace international friendship. It is also the perfect avenue for the youth to meet athletes from around the world and learn about tolerance and respect for other cultures and ethnicities.

What is perhaps most unique about the Games is that the Russian Federation organized it. Historically, Russia is not a member of any international sporting organization, nor does the country have its own Olympic Committee.

Nonetheless, the event is recognized and supported by many international organizations, including UNESCO. Indeed, participating in this event is both an honor and a privilege for Filipino athletes who are now training hard to showcase their sporting skills in whichever event they will compete in.