Slots to the national pool will be up for grabs when the dragon boat and canoe-kayak competitions of the second Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) National Games are staged June 1 to 3 at Lake Caliraya in Laguna.
According to Philippine Canoe Kayak Federation Inc. (PCKF) president Dr. Sim Chi Tat, the competitions are open to all dragon boat and canoe-kayak enthusiasts, regardless of affiliation or age.
Supported by the PSC and the POC, registration could be made online through www.png.psc.gov.ph, or through the PCKF technical organizer mobiles 09052245498 or 09063261238, landline 02-2431357 or email addresses email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top performers in the games could be included on the national team to the Third Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China, scheduled June 16 to 22.
Under the PCKF, the national dragon boat teams garnered one gold, two silver and two bronze medals in last year’s Southeast Asian Games in Indonesia.
The kayak events in Caliraya include 200 and 500 meters in men’s and women’s sprint single, touring single and touring double; while the canoe events are the 200 and 500 meters in men’s and women’s sprint single.
For dragon boat, already one of the country’s most popular sports, events will be in the 200 and 500 meters for men’s 20 crew, women’s 10 crew and 20 mixed crew.
Because the games are open to individuals, teams or clubs, member or non-members of PCKF, participants who are minors need to present a waiver signed by their parents, coaches or guardians, according to PCKF secretary general Jonne Go.
National team coach Lenlen Escolante said the competitions will be governed by the world’s governing body for the sports, the International Canoe Federation.