Villanueva pushes for grassroots approach to develop Filipino athletes

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 15, 2019   •   816

Senator Joel Villanueva

Senator Joel Villanueva said there is a need for a grassroots approach in order to develop Filipino athletes.

In a statement, the senator said the lack of organization at the grassroots level prevents our national sports associations from getting the athletes who can be trained to compete in the long term.

“Talent is scattered everywhere in our 7,000 islands, and it is up to us in government to be able to find these people and cultivate their skills so they can carry on with our quest to deliver the country’s first Olympic gold in over 90 years since we first competed in the Games,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva made the statement after the recent wins of gymnast Carlos Yulo and boxer Nesthy Petecio over the weekend.

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Meanwhile, Villanueva and other senators continue to push for the proposed bill that will create the Philippine High School for Sports. It is an institution that will raise the quality of our young athletes which will make them competitive in the world stage.

“We will see to it that the proposed measure will live up to the dreams of our young athletes of having a specialized school that trains our future champions,” according to Villanueva.—AAC

Yulo wins gold in men’s vault at world championships

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2021

Carlos Yulo has bagged the gold medal in men’s vault at the 2021 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Yulo scored an average of 14.916 after two attempts, beating Japan’s Yonekura Hidenobu who ranked second with 14.866, and Israel’s Andrey Medvedev who scored 14.649.

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old athlete also took home a silver medal at the parallel bars final. Yulo ranked second with the score of 15.300. China’s Hu Xuwei took home the gold after scoring 15.466, while China’s Shi Cong placed third with a score of 15.066. AAC

UAAP eyes resumption of sports league in February 2022

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) is eyeing to resume the basketball and volleyball tournaments by February 2022.

UAAP Season 84 president Nonong Calanog on Wednesday (October 20) reported that all basketball and volleyball athletes of UAAP have been fully vaccinated. The league is looking to begin sports training by November to prepare for the competition next year.

“That’s why November, December, January we have about three and a half month for them to train to get back to competition to be able to start on February. Ang volleyball naman, ang target namin doon. is after Holy Week […] more or less that’s the schedule and of course what the government will allow at that time,” he said.

Calanog said they are currently conducting retrofitting and adjustment in their sports facilities.

According to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson Prospero De Vera III, the agency is preparing guidelines for sports activities and student athletes as quarantine classifications continue to ease amid the decline in new COVID-19 cases.

“Ngayong marami na ang bakuna mababa-vaccinate na ang mga studyante, mga athletes, the only thing we have to do is to tweak the guidelines given these circumstances now,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Department of Education and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 are aiming to boost the vaccination program for students and teachers. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

Hanoi SEA Games set for mid-May 2022 — POC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) will be held in mid-May 2022, according to Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Bambol Tolentino.

Tolentino confirmed the schedule on Monday (October 18) after officials from 11 member nations convened online. Vietnam will host the upcoming SEAG and has also agreed with the said schedule.

“The Vietnamese organizers will confirm the specific dates soon,” he said.

The Hanoi SEA Games was originally scheduled from November 21 to December 2 in 2021 but was postponed due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Around 40 sports will be played during the 31st SEAG, with a total of 250 events.

The Philippine team will be participating in 39 sports. –AAC

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