FILIPINO GRAPPLERS RULE OLYMPIC DAY CELEBRATION
Athletes from the Wrestling Association of the Philippines seized the overall crown during the Olympic Day Celebration held June 24 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The Filipino grapplers ruled the vortex javelin throw, obstacle course and mixed medley relay to accumulate 40 points and defeat athletes from the karatedo and canoe-kayak federations.
Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. led the celebration, which commemorated the birth of the Olympics.
The Philippine Karatedo Federation compiled 27 points after collecting gold medals in the 4x100m mixed relay three-pull tug-of-war, worth 10 points each, while settling for the silver medal in the obstacle course after tallying seven points.
Competitive in the 3k team run, vortex javelin throw, 4x100m mixed relay and mixed medley relay, the Philippine Canoe-Kayak Dragonboat Federation wound up with 23 points for third place overall.
International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros, former IOC rep Frank Elizalde, POC board members Robert Mananquil of billiards and Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics also graced the affair.
Indoor hockey athletes finished fourth with 17 points, arnis placed fifth (10 points) and muay ended up sixth with three points in the 3k team run.
National players from gymnastics, fencing, taekwondo, ski, badminton, tennis, dancesports, soft tennis, ski and dragon boat also participated during the day-long affair organized by the Philippine Olympic Committee.
The Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association provided technical support during the Philippine version of the worldwide Olympic Day celebration.