MORE than 600 athletes, coaches and officials attended the opening ceremony of the Eighth Women’s Martial Arts (WMA) Festival at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum Saturday.
Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Jose Emmanuel “Noli” Eala and Commissioner Olivia “Bong” Coo graced the opening ceremony, along with karate association chief Ricky Lim, chef de mission t the Sixth Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games (AIMAG).
PSC Chairman Jose Emmanuel “Noli” Eala said that
“Today is a significant moment in the PSC calendar, because today not only marks the 8th Women’s Martial Arts Festival, it also marks a time when we finally see face-to-face athletic competition especially, in combat sports,” Eala said in his speech.
“It is also a day where we reopen our home in the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) for our athletes to compete once again, in our facilities. And most of all, it is significant because today is where women in sports take center stage,” he added.
Coo, the PSC’s women in sports oversight head, said that the festival aims to help national sports associations and their athletes prepare for the AIMAG in Bangkok and Chonburi Thailand, set November 17 next year.
Competitions in pencak silat, karate and jiu-jitsu kicked off competitions at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum with nine gold medals staked in jiu-jitsu.
The games are streamed live at the PSC’s YouTube channel and the PSC WMA Festival FB page The event is sponsored by Pocari Sweat Otsuka Solar Philippines Inc.