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Visayas leg of Batang Pinoy draws close to 2,000 young athletes

CEBU, Philippines — Close to 2,000 athletes converge in the Visayas leg of the Batang Pinoy, the government’s annual multi-sports meet for 15-and-under students and out-of-school youth, which fires off today in Dumaguete City.

Powerhouse Cebu City leads the cast of 41 participating local government units with 234 athletes, followed by Cebu Province with 165, Mandaue City with 61, Danao City with 43, Lapu-Lapu with 41, San Fernando with 32 and Talisay with seven.

Challenging the Cebuanos are the athletes from Bohol, Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Oriental, Leyte and Antique.

Centerpiece track and field and medal-rich swimming are the two of the top 18 sports to be played in this weeklong meet.

The other disciplines to be played are archery, arnis, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, dancesport, karatedo, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, , table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball. (FREEMAN)

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