The 2nd invitational “All Star” badminton tournament organized by the All Star Badminton Club of Puerto Princesa (ASBCPP) started Saturday at the FGDI Badminton Court in Barangay Tagburos.
Kurt Rillo, president of the ASBCPP, said over the weekend that the badminton tournament which will be one of the biggest in the city ended March 31, 2019.
He said around 200 badminton players from other provinces like Davao and Cebu arrived in Palawan to participate in the tournament.
There were also other players from Manila and other municipalities in the province who will compete in categories such as men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles.
“One of the grandest siya dito sa Palawan kasi ang dami naming na-invite na dayo. Malalaki rin ang cash prizes at marami kaming pa-raffle at nakuha namin ang mga major sponsors. So feeling ko isa talaga siya sa pinaka-malaking badminton tournament dito,” Rillo said.
He added that part of the profits of the invitational badminton tournament will be used by the ASBCPP to launch a free summer training camp for children who have no means to pay for clinics but want to learn the sports.
“Lahat ng kinikita namin dito hindi para sa sarili naming bulsa. After ng tournament na ito magkakaroon kami ng summer training camp para sa mga kabataan na walang masyadong access sa sports. May mga bata kasing gustong maglaro kaya lang hindi makalaro dahil walang gamit. So sila ‘yong mga susubukan namin i-scout para naman magkaroon sila ng future sa sports,” he said.
Rillo said young people in Palawan who love sports should continue their passion because they can help turn them to become responsible adults by learning sportsmanship.
He said any kind of sports is crucial to their growth and development.
Rillo also requested local government officials to give support to badminton players because they have the potential to bring glory Puerto Princesa City and Palawan.