A total of 12 sports event will be disputed in the 2010 National Milo Little Olympics in Cagayan de Oro set Oct. 15 to 17.

Around 15,000 student athletes from schools across the country are going to show their wares and vie for honors in athletics, swimming, football, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, taekwondo, chess, sepak takraw and scrabble.

The Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center will be the site of the three-day event that spawned the likes of now national athletes Antoinette Rivero, Japoy Lizardo and Nica Calapatan.

“The Milo Little Olympics 2010 National Finals is part of our mission to impart positive values to children like sportsmanship, camaraderie, perseverance and teamwork, values that will help build champions in life,” said Milo sports events executive Pat Goc-Ong, appearing in the PSA Forum on Wednesday at Shakey’s U.N Ave.

Qualifying meets were earlier held in Marikina for the National Capital Region (NCR), Pangasinan in Luzon, Cebu in the Visayas and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao.

The Milo Little Olympics, according to Goc-Ong is just one of the few sports meets included in the calendar of events of the Department of Education.

The meet started out in 1998 and annually draws around 20,000 athletes and attracts crowd of more than 50,000.

Goc-Ong added in the same session presented by Outlast Battery, PAGCOR and Shakey’s that last year the event drew 22,221 athletes from 946 schools nationwide, with the first ever national finals being held at the Cebu City Sports Complex.

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