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PSC opens Women’s and Para Games Festival

THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), through the office of commissioner Olivia “Bong'' Coo, formally opened the Women's Indoor and Para Games Festival on Sunday, July 16, as part of the agency's early preparations for the 2024 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (Aimag).

With a slogan “123 Dash to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games,” the 10-day, all-female sports event, gathered over 400 athletes and technical officials from multiple sports in the opening ceremonies at PhilSports Complex in Pasig City.

Philippine Sports Commission commissioner Olivia ‘Bong’ Coo cites 10-year-old National Master Nika Juris Nicolas for her achievement in chess on Sunday, July 16, 2023, at the opening ceremony of the Women’s Indoor and Para Games Festival at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

“This event was conducted to strengthen and unite our female athletes from every sport as early as today, in preparation for the Aimag,” said Coo, a former world bowling champion, in her opening message.

The festival features five events including athletics, bowling, chess, fencing and netball, plus two events for para athletes in chess and athletics.

The PSC commissioner also believes that “the national team can utilize the sudden rescheduling of Aimag to their advantage, in terms of their training and preparations.”

Competitions for bowling already commenced in Starmall Edsa Shaw on Friday, July 14.

Chess and para chess tournaments also took place on Saturday, July 15, with fencing, netball, athletics and para-athletics events happening from July 16 to 21, at the PhilSports' Dining Hall, Fencing Hall, Multi-Purpose Arena and Track Oval, respectively.

The officiating of these games are manned by the national sports associations.

Chef de mission for Aimag and Karate Pilipinas Sports Federation Inc. president Richard Lim, Philippine Commission on Women executive director Kristine Yuzon-Chaves, National Chess Federation of Philippines president Prospero Pichay, Netball Federation Inc. president Charlie Ho, and Philippine Pole and Aerial Sports Association president Ciara Sotto were also in attendance at the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile, chess rising talent Nika Juris Nicolas, the country's only female National Master, was also recognized for her numerous achievements at a young age of 10.

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