Indigenous sports to get more attention from PSC

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2018 07:47 PM
Indigenous sports to get more attention from PSC
PSC Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez announced on Monday that the agency shall continue to conduct the Indigenous Games in more areas around the country.

Indigenous sports will get more focus from the Philippine Sport Commission this year as Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez announced that the agency shall continue to conduct the Indigenous Games in more areas around the country during the PSC’s Directional Meeting, which started Monday.

Commissioner Charles Raymond Maxey, oversight commissioner for the Indigenous Games, proposed the institutionalization of the project by making it a regular item in the annual plans and programs of the agency.  This was outrightly approved by the members of the board who were all present in the said meeting.

“The law mandates us to nurture our culture.  This is a perfect way to merge sports and culture.” Ramirez explained. 

Ramirez cited the late Mona Sulaiman, a Cotabato native who made her mark in athletics during the 60’s, Bana Sailani, a Badjao who won bronze in three Asian Games, and Jason Balabal, an Igorot who is a Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, among those athlete achievers who hailed from different indigenous groups.

The first events of the Indigenous Games’ 2018 edition will be held in Mindanao for the first quarter of the year.  Events in Visayas and Luzon will follow in the next quarters.

Maxey explained that the IG is aimed to promote the rich cultural heritage of our indigenous people as well as preserve their traditional sports and games.

The games were held last year in Ifugao as part of the gender equality program of the PSC under the Office of Commissioner Celia Kiram.

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