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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
TAGBILARAN, Dumaguete and Danao City have taken turns hosting the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa). Cebu has skipped this duty for a long time.
This changes this year as Cebu City plays host to the regional sporting conclave in the first week of December. The last time Cebu hosted the Cviraa was in 2000.
“It has been that long and I think it is time that we once again host the regional meet,” said Department of Education Cebu City Division sports head Zenaida Gocotano.
The city will host all 19 divisions and will expect more than 6,000 athletes from Negros Oriental, Bohol, Siquijor and the cities of Tagbilaran, Bogo, Bayawan, Toledo, Tagbilaran, Talisay, Naga, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Guihulngan and Danao.
Because of the homecourt edge, Cebu City is expected to once more lord over the competitions and defend the title for the 23rd straight time.
“We hope that it will be a factor to win the overall title again,” said Gocotano.
Gocotano also added that the hosting of the regional meet just may be a sign of things to come. She hinted at the possibility of bidding for the Palarong Pambansa once more.
“We are very much capable of hosting the national meet. Of course this needs to go through a lot of thinking over from the different heads from DepEd and the Local Government Unit, who will be involved, but we have at least three years to think it over,” said Gocotano.
The Palarong Pambansa this year was hosted by Dumaguete City this year. It goes back to Luzon next year before Mindanao can host. It goes back to Luzon before going back to the Visayas. Only then can Cebu bid for the hosting.
The only time Cebu City hosted the Palarong Pambansa was in 1994. That was the reason why the track oval and the Cebu City Sports Center (CCSC) was built.
The last quarter of the year will prove to be a busy one for CCSC.
Following the Milo Little Olympics Visayas eliminations, which ended last weekend, CCSC is preparing itself for more multi-sporting events, leading up to the Cviraa hosting in December.
In October, it will be the main hub of the national finals of the Milo Little Olympics and of the Cebu City Olympics in November.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2013.