Baguio athletes win Batang Pinoy 2016 crown

BAGUIO CITY – It’s official.

The city’s delegation has won the over-all championship of the Batang Pinoy 2016 National Competitions held in Tagum City, Davao Del Norte last November 27 to December 2 capturing a grand total of 137 medals (55 gold, 41 silver and 41 bronze).

Placing second and third place were the delegations from Cebu and Davao cities, respectively. Baguio came in second to Quezon city last year with Cebu city placing third.

City sports office head Gaudencio Gonzales said the Summer Capital fielded 375 delegates composed of 325 athletes, 40 coaches and 10 heads of delegation in this year’s event.

More than 12,000 delegates from around 200 local government units participated in the latest Batang Pinoy edition, he added.

The young athletes competed in 26 sporting disciplines including archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball 3 on 3, boxing, chess, cycling, dancesport, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, rugby football, sepaktakraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon/duathlon, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling and wushu.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan praised the athletes and their coaches for bringing honor not only to themselves and their families but to the city as well.-gaby keith


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