Diaz, Olympic medalists boost for NAS–Briones


EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones on Tuesday said that the Filipino athletes’ outstanding feat at the Tokyo Olympics will help boost the newly-established National Academy of Sports (NAS).

Briones encouraged young and talented student-athletes to follow the footsteps of weightlifting gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and boxing silver medalists Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam and bronze medalist Eumir Marcial, as well as the other 15 athletes in Tokyo by applying for admission at NAS.

“The victories and triumphs of our Olympians proves that the Philippines has lot to offer in the field of sports,” said Briones, who as DepEd Secretary, chairs the NAS Board.

“This is also the reason why the department wants more learners to be trained at the NAS.”

The NAS was established through Republic Act No. 11470. It aims to identify and promote academically competent and athletically talented natural-born Filipino youth from all sectors of the society including indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and other marginalized groups.

In collaboration with the Philippine Sports Commission, the academy is currently conducting its NAS Annual Search for Competent, Exceptional, Notable and Talented Student-Athletes Scholars (NASCENT SAS), which will determine the first batch of scholars of the institution. The application for NASCENT SAS for School Year 2021-2022 is extended until Saturday.

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