THE Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) is looking to stage the biggest Philippine National Games yet in terms of number of sports.
PSC commissioner Jolly Gomez said the government sports agency is hoping to have no less than 50 sports during the holding of the annual multi-sports event on May 25 to June 2 in Manila.
“We are going to cover tentatively 50 sports,” Gomez said.
Thirty-four sports were featured in the first-ever PNG held in Bacolod in 2011, while 38 were played in Dumaguete last year.
Gomez said the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex and the Philsports Arena will be the main hub for the events.
“Because of lack of playing venues, we are also going to use nearby areas like PUP (Polytechnic University of the Philippines), San Andres, Pasay, and Marikina,” added the commissioner.
Since the event will be played in Manila unlike in its previous hosting in Bacolod and Dumaguete, the PSC is going to spend a lot less - about P20 million - for the meet.
Gomez reiterated all athletes under the PSC payroll are required to join the PNG.
“There should be no excuse for non-participation because the events will be based in Metro Manila,” Gomez said.
National athletes who will either not participate or lose in the PNG are in danger of being stripped of their monthly stipend.