Benguet all set for CARAA 2014

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Monday, January 6, 2014


WITH barely a month before the largest gathering of student athletes in the region opens, Benguet Province has announced their readiness to host the regional meet slated sometime in February.

At least P20 million additional funding for the refurbishment of the Wangal Sports Complex in La Trinidad will greet athletes and coaches in time for the opening of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA).

Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan said earlier during their provincial meet the province will make sure the hosting of CARAA will be better than the previous years.

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“We look forward to hosting the regional sports occasion, we just hope that whatever we can provide will be enough to cater to the delegations of the different provinces,” said Fongwan.

“Even with limited resources, we in the local government try to slowly improve the sports facilities for the use of the children,” Fongwan added.

Sport Development officer Dean Mark Monang said the province has already taken necessary planning in preparation for the event.

"We are all prepared for hosting CARAA once again here in Benguet, as of now we don’t see any problems arising in line sa mga activities," said Monang.

Although Fongwan has earlier promised to build an Olympic size swimming pool within the sports complex, the governor said they will instead build the facility in Itogon town to save on the heating system required by the pool.

Itogon was an ideal venue for the Olympic size pool because of the presence of natural hot springs in the municipality.

Monang meanwhile added just like the previous years the province has hosted the annual regional meet, the province has already generated better plans to accommodate competing provinces including power house Baguio City.

The provincial sports coordinator added some of the renovations specifically the covered sports center, where most indoor games will be played, will be finished in time for the weeklong competition.
Baguio City will once again try to lord it over in the regional meet where it won the over-all championship in the last six years of competition.

Host province Benguet however will try to unseat the Summer Capital’s dominance while Apayao which surprisingly stole the limelight last year with a third place finish will also seek to repeat its performance while Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga and Ifugao are eyeing for an improved finish this time.

Sports events to be played in the weeklong competition include archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, football, gymnastics, sipa takraw, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do, tennis, and volleyball.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 07, 2014.

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