Rama, PSC chair lead beach court inauguration

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Saturday, February 23, 2013


PHILIPPINE Sports Commission (PSC) chairman Ritchie Garcia and Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama will lead the inauguration of the national volleyball training center at Fort San Pedro today.

The inauguration will be highlighted by a tournament dubbed “The Chairman’s Cup” in honor of PSC chairman Garcia, who supported the putting up of the beach volley sand court in Cebu by giving the seed money.

The tournament will feature the best players of Cebu.

“After over a year of putting up the first Cebu public beach sand court, it’s almost done. We only need a few more bags of sand then I can finally kiss the sand court,” PSC beach volleyball consultant Eric Lecain said in an interview last Thursday.

Among the programs planned for the national training center are events for the 17-Under and 13-Under age group.

“We wish to model our program after the programs created by Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) Edward Hayco, who has supported this project from day one,” Lecain said.

Lecain is also instrumental in the putting up of the first beach sand court in Cebu and he aims to put Cebu in the international map as a venue for international beach volleyball tournaments.

“It’s the product of a partnership between the Cebu City Sports Commission and the Philippine Sports Commission, a beach volleyball grassroots programs that will find the next great players to represent the Philippines,” Lecain said.

Lecain added that the Chairman’s Cup is the first in a series of eight tournaments called the “PSC Grand Prix,” where players can earn points over a three-month span. At the end of the season, a prize will be given to the best player.

The tournament will also serve as training ground for the players for the coming Nestea beach volleyball tournament and the Philippines National Games. They will use the King and the Queen of the Beach format, where players will have different partners.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 24, 2013.

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