THE Zamboanga City athletic delegation grabbed the third place in the week-long 2016 Philippine Youth Games-Batang Pinoy held from November 27 to December 2 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
City Sports Development Officer Cecilia Atilano said this local athletic delegation bagged 34 gold, 20 silver, and 25 bronze medals.
The champion was Cebu City with 42 gold, 30 silver, and 31 bronze medals and followed by Baguio City with 38 gold, 30 silver, and 30 bronze.
Atilano said most of the medals of this city’s athletic delegation are from pencak silat, weightlifting, wrestling, and karatedo.
Zamboanga City has sent a 245-man delegation including 52 coaches and officials.
The athletes competed in the 26 sports events which includes the following: archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball 3-on-3, boxing, chess, cycling, dancesport, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, rugby football, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
Atilano congratulated the local athletic delegation for showing their best in the game.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar will formally welcome and give due recognition to the athletes during the flag raising ceremony on Monday, December 5, in front of City Hall.
Batang Pinoy is open to all Filipino citizens, 17 years old and below, whether by birth or naturalized.
Foreign-Pinoy may also join provided they represent a particular local government unit. (Sunnex)