THE Philippine Sports Commission announced on Wednesday it will push back the opening of the Batang Pinoy National Championship in Baguio and Benguet due to the threat of super typhoon Ompong in Northern Luzon.
The multisport competition for athletes aged 15 years old below, originally set to open on September 15, will begin on September 17.
There will be no opening ceremony, but Baguio City mayor Mauricio Domogan said a grand closing celebration will be held on September 22.
Super typhoon Ompong is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday and could be heading towards Northern Luzon.
The PSC and Baguio City assured the safety of the delegates who are already in the Summer Capital.
The PSC said it is also ready to house delegates at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and Philsports Complex for those who need to stay in Manila as the super typhoon hits Northern Luzon.
PSC chairman William Ramirez said the PSC will look into moving the Batang Pinoy National Finals to the summer months instead of between July and October.
“We received information that there are some delegations considering to pull out because of the storm. We understand their concern,” Ramirez said.