National Orienteering in talks with possible tournament organizers PUP, TUP

The Philippines National Orienteering is in serious talks with top sports officials from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines and the Technological University of the Philippines regarding the possibility of their schools in Manila co-hosting the national qualifying tournament for the orienteering.

Lualhati dele Cruz (PUP) during an online meeting with Raul Ballado; (Clockwise from left) Lok Hin-Ma of Hong Kong, Eugene Chow of Singapore and Kimiya Ochiai of Japan

The proposal was presented recently during a discussion with Lualhati Dela Cruz, president of the master’s program in physical education and sports at the PUP. The NOP plans to hold its National Junior-Youth Orienteering Championship in mid-October 2021, with the qualifier winners representing the country at the 4th Asian Junior-Youth Orienteering Championship to be held in Hong Kong. from December 23 to 27, 2021.

Dela Cruz will submit the NOP proposal to the PUP Chair, Dr. Manuel M. Muhi, for final approval.

Along with this, the NOP also approached TUP Athletic Director Allan Soria regarding the school’s possible hosting of the NOP National Orienteering Championship Qualifying Tournament at the end of the year, whose winner will participate in the Asian Orienteering Championship to be held in Pohang, Korea from May 1-5, 2022 and the World Orienteering Championship in Denmark in July 2022.

Soria is awaiting the outline of the NOP proposal before presenting it to Dr. Jesus Rodrigo F. Torres, president of the TUP, for official confirmation.

According to NOP President Antonio Tiu, NOP Secretary General Eric Samson and Deputy Secretary General Raul Ballado have been tasked with coordinating with PUP and TUP representatives.

NOP is now accepting athlete membership.

For more information, contact Samson, Ballado, JC Clarito (NOP School Affairs) and Sean Elijah W. Siy (NOP Student-Athlete Affairs) on their respective Facebook accounts.

Training preparations for national competitions have started with online training programs offered to all participating athletes to familiarize them with the competition regulations as presented by the executive members of the Asian Running Federation. guidance from Singapore, Japan and Hong Kong.

Both Samson and Ballado actively discussed early preparations for the NOP with the AOF, through Eugene Chow from Singapore, Lok Hin-Ma from Hong Kong and Kimiya Ochiai from Japan.

“Belgian Dirk Goossens has been very helpful as an NOP adviser for international competitions,” said Ballado, who is also coordinating closely with Raphael Mak, a Hong Kong native who currently lives in Sweden, to seek advice in the conduct. from the NOP Junior Orienteering Qualification Tournament to the 4th AsJYOC in December.

A former member of the Police Special Forces, Ballado has been tasked with scouting for potential orientation athletes (both male and female) who meet the age requirement of 20 or younger in the junior category.

Athletes can come from the high school and college ranks or elsewhere as long as they meet the required age.

The NOP is affiliated with the International Orienteering Federation, based in Sweden.

Dino J. Dotson