THREE NEW sporting disciplines will make their debut this year as the 2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics gets underway. Add Arnis, Wushu and Ultimate Frisbee to the list along with 16 other events that is expected to reach over 30,000 participants in 700 venues spread all over the country.
Having Arnis is a no-brainer. The indigenous martial art of fighting with sticks has been the national sport since 2009 as mandated by Republic Act 9850.
Another martial art albeit of Chinese origin, Wushu has delivered its share of medals in international competitions just like the pair of bronzes in the last Asian Games in Indonesia courtesy of Agatha Wong in Taijiquan and Divine Wally in 52-kilogram Sanda. The sport is expected to be a goldmine when the Philippines will host the Southeast Asian Games later this year.
Ultimate Frisbee is another sport that is gaining popularity with youth just as fast as the pace of the game. Clubs have sprouted in schools and playing it requires speed, agility and grace and height is not a factor thus making it very apt for Filipinos.
Of course, there will be the staples of Basketball, Swimming and Lawn Tennis – three of the programs original events from way back in 1983. Completing the list are Badminton, Chess, Fencing, Football, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Karate-Do, Parkour, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Touch Rugby and Volleyball.
All events have employed expert coaches and instructors and will use the latest scientific training techniques. More importantly, the time-honored values of discipline, confidence, teamwork, perseverance and hard work will be promoted while developing appreciation for the sport and adopting a healthy and active lifestyle.
The 2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics are endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Olympic Committee and Philippine Sportswriters Association in partnership with Chris Sports, SKLZ, Wilson and Rain Or Shine. For more information and to register, visit www.milo.com.ph and follow also their official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.