MANILA-- Decades, Philippine performance in international meets have been tested to the hilt and to develop future budding talents in track and field, a sustainable sports program should be taken seriously with emphasis on grassroots development.
The year-round sports program of the Philippine Amateur Athletics Association (PATAFA) coupled with proper identification of athletes, scientific training, sound sports management and honest-to-goodness funding boosted the association campaign.
Based on PATAFA's Year-End Report, the year 2016 proved to be a boon for the association. The association made headway for the Philippines in Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).
One of the cornerstone programs of PATAFA is the Kids Athletics implemented in 2016 at Gen. Santos, Kidapawan, and Philsports in Pasig.
For the year 2017, PATAFA gears to work closely with the Department of Education in integrating the program with the K-12 curriculum.
Another institutional program of the PATAFA is the Weekly Relay which has become a hotbed of talent development for the federation.
This year, PATAFA will undertake the kick-start of the Visayas leg in Bacolod or Cebu and the Mindanao leg in Koronadal to complete the three-region satellite implementation of the program.
Top three winners in every event in each leg gain slots in the November finals to be held in Philsports.*PNA
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