South Cotabato gears for inclusion of wushu, futsal, billiards in 2014 Palarong Pambansa

April 23, 2013 12:41 am 

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 22 — Sports officials in South Cotabato have started their preparations for the inclusion of wushu, futsal and billiards in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa.

Pedro Dajay, sports coordinator of the Department of Education (DepEd) South Cotabato division, said Monday they are scouting for possible players from the province for the three new sports events, which were added as demonstration sports in this year’s national games in Dumaguete City.

Dajay said billiards, which is a popular pass time game in the country, will be introduced in the secondary boys category.

He said futsal, which is a variant of association football that is played on a smaller pitch and mainly played indoors, will be played in the elementary girls category.

Next year’s futsal event will be played by a team of five elementary level girls, he said.

Wushu, which is an exhibition and a full-contact sport derived from traditional Chinese martial arts, will be played in the secondary boys and girls categories, Dajay said.

“Scouting for players in these three events will not be a problem for us since they’re quite popular already among students and a number of Filipino athletes were already excelling in some intervnational events,” he said.

In preparation for their inclusion in next year’s Palaro, Dajay said DepEd recently held a trainers’ training for the three sports events.

The inclusion of wushu, futsal and billiards will bring the total number of events in next year’s Palaro to 20.

The regular Palaro events are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, gymnastics, softball, swimming, taekwondo, chess, football, lawn tennis, table tennis, sepak takraw and boxing.

The 2013 Palarong Pambansa, which is hosted by Negros Oriental province, officially opened on Sunday at the Governor Mariano Perdices Memorial Stadium in Dumaguete City.

The games formally started on Monday, April 22, and will end on April 27. (PNA)

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