7 countries grace ASEAN Schools Games opening in Marikina City

December 1, 2014 9:40 am 

By Jade Dela Cruz Miguel

MANILA, Nov 30 (PNA) — Seven countries of the ASEAN region graced the ASEAN Schools Games (ASG) opening ceremonies held Sunday at the Marikina Sports Complex in Marikina City.

It is the Philippines' first time to host the said international sporting event.

The participating countries include Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

This year's theme anchored on "One ASEAN, One Vision, One Community of Champions,” aims to showcase various skills of student-athletes in sports and foster friendship among ASEAN nations.

After the entrance of colors and cultural presentation, President of ASEAN Schools Sports Council H.E. Kobkarn Suriyasat Wattanavrangkul wished all the student-athletes good luck. "May the force be with you," she remarked.

"I believe that all of you will continue to demonstrate your endless commitment in the true spirit of sportsmanship," Wattanavrangkul further said.

Around 1,500 student-athletes participated in the opening ceremonies along with their coaches and members of sports committees.

These student-athletes will be competing in 11 sports events including athletics, swimming, badminton, golf, tennis, sepak takraw, gymnastics, table tennis, basketball, volleyball and wushu.

Marikina will host 8 out of 11 sports events. Two sports events will be in Pasig while golf will be held in Antipolo City.

The ASG is the biggest international event that Marikina City has ever handled.

Brunei is represented by 157 athletes; Indonesia, 254; Malaysia, 267; Singapore, 259; Philippines, 272; Thailand, 266; and Vietnam, 118.

The Philippines' athletes are composed of champions selected by the Department of Education (DepEd) from the past Palarong Pambansa.

Likewise, other participating countries have chosen their bets based on their overall performance at national and regional sports competitions.

As the government agency which has been tasked to organize the ASG, the DepEd did not only prepare our student-athletes and venue of sports events but also created a mascot and a logo which represent the Philippines as this year's ASG host.

The Philippine eagle has been the inspiration for the 2014 ASG mascot. Wearing a pair of leather shoes, the mascot truly carries the pride of Marikina City which has been known as the Shoe Capital of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the 2014 ASG logo shows the map of the Philippines, a flaming torch and interconnected rings which exemplify the correlation, unity and reliability of each participating country.

The sports events will run from December 1 to 5. (PNA)

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