PH to host Asian Qualifiers in Trampoline Gymnastics for Youth Olympic Games
ABS-CBN Sports on May 17, 2018 12:42 PM
China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and the Philippines will be participating in the event, in order to represent Asia at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo courtesy of http://www.agu-gymnastics.com)
For the first time, the Philippines will host the Asian qualifying tournament for the next Youth Olympic Games in the 4th Asian Senior and Junior Trampoline Gymnastics Championships, to be held on May 19 to 20 at the University of Makati Gym.
About 100 athletes from 10 countries are taking part in the two-day gymnastics meet, which is organized by the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines and is also supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, the Tourism Promotions Board, and the Makati City government.
“We are delighted to host this huge Asian gymnastics event and would like to thank the Asian Gymnastic Union for allowing us to conduct this competition featuring the best trampoline athletes in Asia,” said GAP president Cynthia Carrion.
“We welcome the best trampoline athletes from Asia to this event, which is also one way of promoting and popularizing this fast-growing sport worldwide in our country,” she added.
China, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and the Philippines will be participating in the event.
Asian juniors will also serve as a qualifying event for the 3rd Youth Olympic Games to be set in Buenos Aires, Argentina this October.
Shane Francis Peralta (boys division) and Fiona Mae Ventenilla (girls division) will be representing our country in order to have a crack at the Youth Games.
Meanwhile, the national seniors squad comprise of Francisco Deorelar and Benjamin Jesus Mendoza (men’s division) and Erin Abaniel (women’s division).
Normita Ty, wife of the late national gymnastics standout and coach Santiago Ty, will head the national contingent, while Rexel Ryan Fabriga and Liwliva Peralta will be the mentors.
The participating countries are scheduled to arrive Thursday with the practice slated Friday.