The head of the local arnis association is under fire from the ranks of parents and coaches after failing to pursue the participation of arnis bets to the 2013 Mindanao Leg of the Batang Pinoy Championships.
Mario Palazuelo, president of the Kapatiran Doble Olisi Eskrima, is in the eye of the storm after he reportedly failed to get support of the city sports development office for his arnis standouts to play in the Batang Pinoy eliminations in Tagum City, Davao del Norte on August 27-31.
“We are surprised why we don’t have slots to the Batang Pinoy. We have the best arnis players in Davao City but we are not going to play in the tournament,” said Michael Ibag of the A.L. Navarro National High School.
“We are asking Sir Mario why we we’re not chosen?” Ibag asked.
Palazuelo reportedly attended three meetings called by the Davao City sports development office but failed to get slots for his athletes. His association is the acknowledged affiliate of Arnis Philippines, the national sports association of arnis.
Arnis becomes the second sport association whose best bets are not competing for the Davao City team to the Batang Pinoy eliminations. The first association to be left out was karatedo under the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) whose head Rommel Tan had given up hope of getting support from the city government.