BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Sports Commission-Philippine Olympic Committee sponsored Philippine National Games finally pushes through on May 19-25, 2018, with Cebu City and the Province of Cebu hosting the said National Sports event.
With much esteem and excitement, Judo representatives of Baguio City are now preparing for the said National Games with high hopes of earning medals for the City. The long wait for the event since the conduct of the selection of players to the PNG by the Cordillera Judo Association held last October 2017, maybe a plus factor in the games as they have practiced for a longer period.
Meanwhile, with some changes in the tournament rules and regulations for competition Judo, participants are yet to undergo a refreshers course on the new rules and regulations ratified by the International Judo Federation that will be implemented in the upcoming PNG Judo event.
The Baguio City Judo delegation will be fielding more or less thirty-six players to fill up fourteen weight categories per division for the Juniors Division under 21 years old (Men & Women), and Seniors Division 16 years old and above (Men & Women), and four weight categories for the team competition for Men & Women.
On the other hand, events and competitions for thirty-two events in the 2018 PNG will be conducted in the PSC-POC given schedules; May 18, 2018-Refreshers course for all LGU coaches, trainers and officials, May 19, 2018- solidarity meeting for LGU delegation heads, coaches, team managers, and PSC officials.
Competition dates for sports events are as follows; May 19, 2018 – Athletics and Tennis, May 20, 2018 – Archery, Badminton, Chess, Cycling (Mt. Bike, Itt, Road Race, & Criterium), Sepak Takraw, Soft Ball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volley Ball (Beach Volleyball & Indoor Volleyball), weightlifting.
May 21, 2018 – Judo, May 22, 2018- Karate-Do, May 23, 2018- Taekwondo, Triathlon, May 25, 2018- Dance Sport, and duathlon. All games will be conducted in Cebu City and Davao City except for Gymnastics and Football which was scheduled for May 12-16, 2018 in Manila. Contributed by Bobby Vinluan