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Sunday, June 29, 2014

BECAUSE the number of teams grows each year, the Milo Little Olympics Visayas leg will be limiting the volleyball, football and basketball teams this year.

Milo Little Olympics organizer Ricky Ballesteros said they will limit the participating teams in these events to facilitate a smooth tournament.

“We used to let all those who could field a team and want to join to take part in the tournament. Although we managed it pretty well, the schedules are pretty tight because we only have two weekends and it’s an added pressure not just to organizers but the players as well,” said Ballesteros.


Per division, only 16 teams will be accepted for football and basketball and 20 for volleyball.

Eight slots each for the elementary and secondary divisions will be reserved for the Top 8 teams last year. The rest will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

Ballesteros said he advises teams who want to join to register early so that they will be given sure slots to the tournament.

“We decided to give the seeded teams slots and limit the entries so that we will finish the competition on time,” said Ballesteros.

Milo is already accepting registrations. They can contact the Philippine Sports Commission at 254-7786 at the Cebu City Sports Commission and look for Audie Marte.

The Milo Little Olympics Visayas leg will be on Aug. 1 to 3 and Aug. 9 to 10. The national finals will be held in Manila instead of in Mindanao as Milo, the main sponsor of the annual multi-sporting meet, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Meanwhile, the organizers of the Milo Little Olympics have strived to complement the tournament with the grassroots event of the Department of Education (DepEd). This includes amending their format a few years back so that it will be the same as that of the Palarong Pambansa, the sporting meet of DepEd.

This year, DepEd reverted Palarong Pambansa’s format from the point system in determining the overall ranking back to the medal system.
Ballesteros said Milo decided to stick to the point system in determining the overall ranking. In the point system, even those finishing fourth to sixth places will be taken in consideration.

Ballesteros however said that they will follow the changes implemented by DepEd in the other events like gymnastics and elementary football.

“We will pattern it after the Palarong Pambansa. In gymnastics, we will no longer have the rope event and replace it with clubs competition for the rhythmic gymnastics,” he said.

“In football, we will now use the 9-a-side format instead of the 11-a-side. This is in accordance to the Philippine Football Federation’s rules on Under-13 tournaments, which is also being followed by the Palarong Pambansa,” said Ballesteros. (MCB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 29, 2014.


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