Jins seek redemption, want title back in PNG-A A +A
Monday, May 19, 2014
BAGUIO’S fabled tae kwon do jins are eyeing another stellar performance this time as competition continues to heat up in the Philippine National Games at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
After coming up short in the 2013 edition with just two silvers and five bronze medals, the city based jins are determined to recover their lost glory in the competition backed by the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“We will try to earn gold medals this time for the city. Last year’s outcome was a little bit frustrating so maybe this time we could get to add more to Baguio City’s medal count,” said tae kwon do coach Arnold Oglayon.
The long-time tae kwon do coach however showed little concern on the number of athletes representing the city for the national games.
“Medyo kulang nga lang siguro ang mga athlete entry natin for this year, most of them are still injured from the earlier Palarong Pambansa that happened a week ago so many of our prime bets still need to heal,” Oglayon said.
“Anyway we will still do our best during the competition, as much as we want to go full force we cannot put our children’s health and safety on the line,” Oglayon added.
Earlier, tae kwon do led Cordillera with its gold medal haul in the 2014 Palaro held by bringing home 11 gold, three silver, and four bronze medals.
With some 250 athletes, Baguio City will try to improve its previous year’s medal count of 60-55-66 as the 2014 PNG coincides with the Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PhilSpada), where 50 athletes from the city compete in swimming, bowling, archery, and athletics.
The summer capital earlier drew its first three gold medals from the athletics during its inaugural competitions held Saturday courtesy of Regan Contic (junior men’s discus throw), Narcisa Atienza (women’s high jump), and Catherine Kay Santos (women’s long jump).
The 2014 PNG and PhilSpada national competitions officially kicked of May 16 at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig with close to 7,000 athletes from the different local government units of the country and will have its closing ceremonies on May 25.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 20, 2014.