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Poe: Expose the youth to sports

THE Filipino youth should be exposed to various sporting activities and the Palarong Pambansa program strengthened as a source of future national athletes, Senator Grace Poe said Sunday.

Poe, a taekwondo practitioner, also cited the availability of many sports complexes in Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao, some of which were built mainly for the Palarong Pambansa.

She said those venues could still be used to train the youth.

“Since 1948, when the first Bureau of Public Schools Interscholastic Athletics Association Games were held, until it reincarnated into the Palarong Pambansa in 1974, many public sports complexes have been built as venues for the Games,” Poe said.

She said the national government and local government units should help the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee keep those venues in tip-top shape so the young athletes could use them anytime.

“We should keep those facilities from becoming white elephants,” Poe said.

She said most of these venues were no longer being used for sporting purposes.

“Most of the time, these venues are only being tapped for non-sports activities,” Poe said.

“Let us give these facilities back to our youth.”

Since 1948, 36 cities and provinces have hosted the Palarong Pambansa, where elementary and high school students have taken part in various disciplines that have grown to 17 sports.

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