Dependents of uniformed service members and civilian employees join the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police-Philippine Coast Guard (AFP-PNP-PCG) Little Olympics on Tuesday, August 24.
The virtual opening ceremony was hosted by the Office of the Chief, Special Service AFP (OSPS, AFP), which was headed by Colonel Ruben Guinolbay. Participants ranged in age from 10 to 18 years old.
Vice Admiral Erick Kagaoan, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony, which included the hoisting of the AFP-PNP-PCG flags and banners, the pronouncement of the oath of sportsmanship, and the lighting of the cauldron.
“To our young and definitely promising athletes, make sure that you do your best, not just in this competition but in all of your undertakings in life. I really hope that what our Olympians have accomplished just recently would inspire and motivate you to train harder and keep chasing your dreams,” he said.
The participants this year will demonstrate their physical abilities and skills during the week-long virtual competition, which will run until August 31.
Arnis, Taekwondo, and Karatedo are among the sporting events. All participants were expected to send pre-recorded footage to be screened and evaluated by officiating personnel.
Throughout the competition, the best three entry videos in each category of each sports event will be viewed during the daily schedule.
Single and Double Weapon for Arnis, Speed Kicking and Freestyle Poomsae for Taekwondo, and E-Kata and Fantom Kumite for Karatedo are the categories.
The activity is one of the AFP’s yearly sporting activities, along with the PNP and PCG, although this year’s iteration is the first to be held virtually owing to the COVID19 pandemic threat.
“I express my sincere gratitude to the whole AFP, PNP and PCG for ensuring the safety and overall well-being of our delegates – our athletes and support staff. These events will surely help us cope and keep our spirits high as we all brave through the pandemic that we are going through right now,” Vice Admiral Kagaoan said.