Table Tennis team seeks improved finish

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Monday, April 14, 2014

THE REGION’S table tennis team is strengthening its bid of chasing the top plum as they gear up for the 2014 Palarong Pambansa slated May 4-10 at the San Luis Sports Complex in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Baguio City National High School table tennis coach Erwin Shim Fonite said they are already at the peak of their training.

“We had been conducting daily training and practices since the beginning of this month and with it we are looking forward to develop a much effective method so that in a way we can strengthen our goal in chasing medals for Palarong Pambansa,” Fonite said.


Fonite mentioned the athletes have also been participating in tune-up games and tournaments outside the region.

“The athletes also have been busy participating games particularly in the lowlands where table tennis has a greater number of supporters,” Fonite said.

Fonite acknowledged that the competition will be much harder in the national level. He said their opponents "really undergo special training" unlike in the Cordilleras where the sport is "somehow underrated."

“Anyway it is not a hindrance for me and my colleagues teaching the sport since we are already campaigning to strengthen the development of the sport here in the region particularly in the grassroots level,” Fonite added.

The table tennis team will be represented by elementary and secondary athletes from the city and Abra after being selected in the CARAA competitions held in January.

This year’s Palaro is seen to house an estimated 10,000 athletes from 17 regions of the country, including 570 from Cordillera.

Meanwhile, DepEd-Baguio supervisor for MAPEH and sports Fernando Eleponga said they look forward to a better performance from all of the Cordilleran delegates this year.

Sports to be played during the week-long event are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing (secondary), chess football, futsal, gymnastics, sipa takraw, softball, swimming, lawn tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, wrestling and wushu.

Indigenous sports kadang-kadang and bunong braso (arm wrestling) are classified as demonstration sports.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 15, 2014.


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