Philippines Orienteering joins Asian Junior-Youth Championship

The National Orienteering of the Philippines Inc. (NOPi) will be participating in the 4th Asian Junior and Youth Orienteering Championship (AsJYOC) to be held in Hong Kong from December 23-27 this year.

Raúl Cerbito Ballado

The event is organized by the Hong Kong Orienteering Association with the endorsement of the International Orienteering Federation and under the supervision of the IOF Foot Orienteering Commission.

The participation of the Philippines was made possible by the NOPi Board of Directors. Raul Ballado, Deputy Secretary General of NOPi and a former member of the Police Special Forces, has been tasked with seeking orientation athletes (male and female) who meet the age limit of 20 years in the Junior category.

Athletes can be from high school and college, or any athlete as long as they qualify with the age requirement.

Raul Ballado was tasked to coordinate with the event organizer Lok-Hin Ma, the vice president of OAHK who is the event director of the 4th AsJYOC 2021.

“This is a great opportunity for all sports enthusiasts, in all disciplines, to show off their orienteering skills,” said Antonio L. Tiu, President of NOPi.

“It is a form of exercise that builds your endurance and challenges your ability to integrate your physical agility and mindset while running in challenging conditions,”

Antonio L. Tiu

The NOPi is affiliated with the Federation of School Athletic Associations of the Philippines, the only national college sports federation recognized by the International College Sports Federation.

The partnership between NOPi and FESSAP was concluded through the intercession of FESSAP President Angel Ngu and FESSAP Board Chairman Alvin Tai Lian.

Other NOPi board members are Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. (CESAFI), Leonardo Andres (LACUAA), Robert Milton Calo (FESSAP), General Gilberto Cruz (PNP), Maria Cecilia Sarmiento (treasurer), Eric Samson ( Secretary General of NOPi), Sean Elijah SIy (PWCCA), JC Clarito (Academic Affairs), Graham Padilla-Lim (PISSA), Antonio Quiza (BAP), Jean Marie Lucas (Philippine Air Force), Loren Chloe Balaoing (Region of Cordillera), Manuel Huab (Bicol Region) and Bong Bayabao (Philippine National Police).

As event coordinator, Ballado was also tasked with doing a feasibility study to determine if a qualifying tournament can take place in early June this year, assuming the pandemic would have been neutralized by then.

Ballado will coordinate with Hong Kong expert currently living in Sweden, Rapahel Mak, to guide him from the NOPi Junior Orienteering Qualifying Tournament to the 4th AsJYOC in December.

The NOPi Junior Orientation Championship can be held at any of the Selective Universities in Manila.

Dino J. Dotson