Fongwan challenges athletes

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013


THOUSANDS of young athletes coming from the 13 towns and one state college gathered as the annual provincial sports meet formally opened at the Wangal Sports Center in La Trinidad, Benguet.

Governor Nestor Fongwan challenged all athletes during the simple opening program to perform with their best capabilities in each of their respective sport.

"I ask each and every young athlete to make their best, so those who would be performing better will represent a better Benguet in this coming CARAA," said Fongwan.

Despite financial constrain, the province has found ways to still push trough with the sports occasion.

“Even with limited resources, we in the local government try to slowly improve the sports grounds for the use of the children,” Fongwan added.
Competitors from Atok, Bakun, Bokod, Bugias, Itogon, Kabayan, Kapangan, Kibungan, La Trinidad, Mankayan, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay, and the Benguet State Benguet State University will vie for the top spot.

Sporting events to be showcased include athletics, swimming, lawn tennis, gymnastics, taekwondo, football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, badminton, table tennis, chess, sepak takraw, archery, boxing, and arnis.

This year’s new sports includes wushu, wrestling, billiards, futsal, plus two indigenous sport, kadang-kadang and bunong braso, was also added.

Division sports coordinator and Benguet athletic manager Pablo Khayog Jr. said the Department of Education added indegenous events to incorporate the preservation of native games in today’s youth.

“According sa DepEd, maybe next year we will add more indigenous playing events to keep the phase for the program that they propose,” said Khayog.

“We are looking forward to the success of this year’s provincial meet as we look forward to the province’s hosting of CARAA 2014,” Khayog added.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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