THE National Masters and Seniors Athletics Association of the Philippines (NMSAAP) is calling all Filipino abled senior athletes and fitness buff to join the 2023 Philippine Masters Athletics Championship slated April 14-16 at the Philsports Complex in Pasig City.
In collaboration with 5 Throw-For-All, a non-profit organization focusing on developing Filipino athletes in five throwing events (shot put, discuss, javelin, hammer, and weight), the tournament is also serving as qualifying meet for the Philippine Team set to compete in the 22nd Asia Masters Athletics Championship which the country hosting on November 8-12 at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.
NMSAAP president Jose Ang, Jr., said the Asia qualifying meet is open to all (men and women) age 30-year-old and above with an age-grouping of five-year gap (30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59).
“Actually, sa India naibigay ang Asian hosting, but for some reason umatras at ibinigay sa China pero may conflict din kaya sa atin na napunta. It’s an opportunity kaya kinuha na namin. We’re very thankful sa aming mga partners especially to 5-Throw-for-Allas title sponsor.
“We’re expecting 2,000 athletes from all over Asia to participate in the biggest Masters Athletics Championships in the region.
“Nandyan ang mga pambato natin tulad nila Ela Muros-Posadas at Marestella Torres, but it’s not too late for everyone. Maybe it’s your time to shine this time. We give opportunity for our senior’s athlete a venue to continue competing and remained in tip top shape,” said Ang during the meet formal launching on Friday at the To-Ho Restaurant in Binondo, Manila.
“Yung pangarap mong maging member ng National Team malay mo ito ang pangkakataon kahit nasa senior level na. Malaking bagay na manatili tayong malusog at makatutulong itong tournament para ma-achieve natin yung healthy living,” added Ang.
Events to be dispute are individual events for both men and women, Tram relaya and mixed gender ream relay under the auspices of the World Masters Federation.
For his part, 5 Throws-For-All Executive Director Atty. Alberto Agra said the event is timely as the brand is on its early stage of introduction to the athletics community with the thrust of ‘building better throwers and expand the throwing community’.
“Aside of partnering with NMSAAP, we’re currently in talks with several schools and athletics team as we envisions to strengthen the base of throwers through organize events, seminars and educational program,” said Agra.
As prelude, NMSAAP stages the pre-opening Masters competition as one of the highlights in the ITCSI Philippine Athletics Championship slated March 21-27 at the Ilagan track oval in Ilagan City, Isabela.