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Sports over drugs! First grassroots sports program held in Catanduanes

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Olympians, national coaches and veteran athletes form the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) with Philippine Sports Institute (PSI) has visited Catanduanes recently for the first-ever grassroots sports program in the province.

The grassroots program featured four sports event namely, Athletics, Boxing, Swimming and Wrestling. It was held at CSU Auditorium and Virac Pilot Elementary School last April 24-26, 2018.

The provincial government said that the program aims to train sports coaches, trainers and enthusiasts from different schools at the grassroots level.

During the event, PSI-Grassroots Program Deputy Director Marlon Malbog IV and “Long Jump Queen” of the Philippines, Elma Muros emphasized the role of the youth in sports development, asserting that they should be engaged in sports rather than be addicted in illegal drugs.

“Ang kabataan ang magbibigay ng karangalan sa ating bansa kaya importante na maituro natin ito sa kanila,” Muros was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Assistant Information Officer Nikko Franco Templonuevo, representing Governor Joseph C. Cua, thanked the PSC-PSI for coming to the province and extending their expertise in sports.

During the second day of the event, the participants and coaches delivered lectures and demonstrated actualities of each sports event.

After lectures, coaches demonstrated and explained the rules through actual demonstration with the participation of the attendees.

”Sa ngayon, meron naman silang natutunan kahit papano kasi binibigay namin sa kanila kung papano magtraining…nagkakaroon sila ng mga idea,” said Michael Baletin, coach of the National Team on Freestyle and Greco- Roman wrestling.

“Ang time allotted sa amin, kulang kasi dapat may lecture at practical, pinaiksi nalang namin. Bibigyan nalang namin sila ng handouts,” said Danilo Fresnido, coach of the National Team on Athletics.

The program is in partnership with the Provincial Local Government Unit, the Department of Education (DepEd) – Catanduanes and Catanduanes State University (CSU).