Olympic Day 2017


Event Kick-Off

The event officially kicked off with the Global Running Day 3k Fun Run around the Philsport track oval at 6 a.m. Race participants varied from walk-in running enthusiasts, as well as invited students and athletes from the University of the Philippines, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and De La Salle University.

As the race was part of the Olympic Day celebration, no winner was declared. All finishers were awarded with Olympic Day certificates signed by IOC President Thomas Back and POC President Jose Cojuanco Jr. Prior to the race gun-start, all participants and early registrants from invited National Sports Associations (NSA) posed for event posterity photos.

The last race participant crossed the finish line at 6:21am. From thereon, event staff shifted the activity to the registration for the Olympic Day competition events. Participating teams were primarily NSAs, namely, Wrestling, Karatedo, Gymnastics, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Dance Sport, Arnis, Dragon Boat, Fencing, Badminton, Tennis, Soft Tennis, Ski, and Indoor Field Hockey.

Other invited groups were PUP, De La Salle, Philippine Marines, and members of the Philippine Sportswriters Association. Athletics did not field competition participants as PATAFA, being the NSA organizer of the event, opted to inhibit its athletes and officials from competing. Instead, they all acted as competition officials and assistants.

All participants were given Olympic Day shirts upon registration. Based on the number of shirts distributed, close to 300 individuals took part in the 2017 Olympic Day celebration, Philippine edition.

Opening Ceremony

The Olympic Day celebration officially started at 8am. The opening ceremony, held at the Philsports track oval grandstand, began with an invocation led by Ms. Cynthia Carrion, Gymnastics Association of the Philippines president.

PATAFA president, Dr. Philip Juico provided the opening message. This was followed by a message from Mr. Frank Elizalde, Honorary IOC Representative to the Philippines. Ms. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, IOC Representative to the Philippines, likewise delivered an inspiring speech. Finally, Philippine Olympic Committee president Cong. Peping Cojuanco delivered his short yet insightful message about the essence of Olympic Day celebration.

Competition Events

The following were the events competed in at the Olympic Day celebration: 4x100m Mixed Relay, 3K Team Run, Obstacle Race, 3-Pull Tug-O-War, Vortex Javelin Relay, and Mixed Medley Relay (50m-100m-150m-200m).

Prior to the start of the competition, it was explained that for each event the following points will be awarded to top 3 winning teams: 1st = 10pts, 2nd = 7pts, and 3rd = 3pts. Further, after computing the cumulative points from each event, an overall champion, as well as the 1st and 2nd runner-up teams, will be declared and acknowledged.

To allow for a tighter flow of events, two events were held alongside each other, one on the track and the other on the field. The first set of games was the 4x100m Mixed Relay and 3-Pull Tug-O-War. The next set of events was the 3000m Team Run and Vortex Javelin Relay. As the last two events were both to be played on the track, each was held one after the other. The penultimate event was the Mixed Medley Relay (50m-100m-150m-200m). The final event played was the Obstacle Race.

POC officials participated in an exhibition game of Vortex Javelin Throw. POC Board Member Dr. Chippy Espiritu bagged the gold, while Olympic Day co-chairman Mr. Robert Manaquil took the silver and SEA Games Chef de Mision Ms. Cynthia Carrion salvaged the bronze medal.

All members of the winning teams per event were given corresponding medals. The following are the results of the events played:

4x100m Mixed Gender Relay
1st Karatedo
2nd Wrestling
3rd Dragon Boat

3-Pull Tug-O-War
1st Karatedo
2nd Arnis
3rd Wrestling

3000m Team Run
1st Dragon Boat
2nd Indoor Hockey
3rd Muay Thai

Vortex Javelin Throw Relay
1st Wrestling
2nd Dragon Boat
3rd Arnis

Mixed Medley Relay
1st Wrestling
2nd Indoor Hockey
3rd Dragon Boat

Obstacle Relay
1st Wrestling
2nd Karatedo
3rd Muay Thai

Overall Winning Teams
Champion Wrestling 40pts
1st Runner-up Karatedo 27pts
2nd Runner-up Dragon Boat 23pts

Event turnout

The Olympic Day celebration ended in a high note with participants already inquiring for the date of the next edition. All participants received their Olympic Day Certificates of Participation. Throughout the festivities, they were provided with ample hydration and simple serving of snacks. The event officially concluded by 11:30am.

Terminal Report prepared by:
Edward Kho, PATAFA Marketing Communications Director

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