May 26, 2017, 1:23 pm
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Futsal, 2 other events  debut as medal sports

FUTSAL, wrestling, and billiards will make their debut as medal sports in the Palaro, where a total of 925 gold medals will be up for grabs in the elementary and high school divisions.

The other sports disciplines are archery, arnis, aquatics (swimming), athletics, badminton, basketball, baseball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sepak takraw, softball, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

Being held for the first time as demonstration sports are aerobic gymnastics, pencak silat and dance sport.

Due to the Education Departmen’s K to 12 program, this year’s meet will mark the first time that athletes over 16 years old will compete, making past Palaro sensations such as swimmer Maurice Sacho Illustre eligible to compete anew.

The National Capital Region, which has reigned supreme since 2005, is expected to flex its muscles anew as it defends the overall crowns in the elementary and high school divisions, although the Big City campaigners can expect stiff opposition from their Southern Tagalog and Western Visayas counterparts.

NCR bets ruled the elementary division with a haul of 36 gold, 26 silver and 18 bronze medals and secured overall high school honors with a 68-32-20 tally in last year’s Palaro in Legazpi City, Albay.

Western Visayas finished second (19-12-13) in the elementary division while Southern Tagalog settled for second in the high school division (24-26-37).
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