Cagayan de Oro City will again host a major sporting event as the city hosts the Milo Little Olympics, the country’s biggest and most successful inter-school sports competition for elementary and high school students, on Sept. 11, 12 and 13, 2009. Thousands of young athletes from all over Mindanao are set to compete in a spirit of camaraderie and sports excellence. The  Little Olympics blasts off on Sept. 4, 5 and 6 in Manila and Cebu. Pangasinan will host the Luzon edition on the same schedule with CDO.

Now on its 22nd year, the Little Olympics is aligned with the efforts of Milo to build champions in sports and in life. Last year, as many as 22,000 student-athletes from close to 800 schools took part in the event, which features 11 sports disciplines that teach children not just about sports excellence but also character-forming values like discipline, respect, determination and honesty to help them become well-rounded individuals.

Among the featured sports include athletics, badminton, chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, swimming, sepak takraw, table tennis, taekwondo and volleyball.

To date, products of the Little Olympics in gymnastics, taekwondo, tennis, athletics and swimming have represented the Philippines in major sports competitions like the Southeast Asian Games, Word Youth Cup (tennis) and the Asian Junior Track and Field (athletics).

The Little Olympics remains seriously committed to develop tomorrow’s champions. Proof of this is the staging of the first-ever National Milo Little Olympics scheduled on Oct. 23 in Cebu City, which will usher in a new and more exciting level to youth sports as it will bring together the best student-athletes from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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