MANILA — The Philippine Weightlifting Association (PWA) will use a state-of-the-art scoring machine for the 2016 Batang Pinoy National Championships scheduled on Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.
The modern scoring device worth USD1,000 was purchased by PWA vice president Elbert Atilano in Japan where he attended the Asian Junior and Youth Weightlifting Championship as head of the Philippine delegation.
“Other National Sports Associations have been using modern scoring equipment in their competitions. It is also proper for our association to use the state-of-the-art electronic scoring system,” said Atilano, a seasoned coach who heads the Universidad de Zamboanga Weightlifting Training Center.
Atilano was responsible for the success of Hidilyn Diaz, who became a SEA Games champion and 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist. He also helped weightlifting to be included in the calendar of the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA), a sports competition for athletes from private college and universities nationwide.
Atilano will supervise the competitions in weightlifting, one of 26 sports featured in the Batang Pinoy, a tournament for athletes below 17 years old.
The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), headed by chairman William Ramirez, has allocated PHP15 million for the grassroots tournament at the Tagum Sports and Tourism Complex, where the annual Palarong Pambansa was held last year. Commissioners Celia Kiram and Charles Maxey are the overall chairpersons of the tournament.
Other sports featured in Batang Pinoy are athletics, swimming, archery, lawn tennis, rugby football, triathlon, boxing, weightlifting, wushu, judo, karatedo, wrestling, table tennis, soft tennis, rugby football, sepak takraw, cycling, dance sport, cycling, basketball (3-on-3), badminton, baseball and gymnastics.
Gymnastics, however, will be held at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex for lack of competition equipment at the Tagum Sports and Tourism Complex. Jean Malanum/PNA-northboundasia.com