Team Visayas hopes to regain overall crown-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
CEBU City is ready to host the 5th National Milo Little Olympics on Oct. 25 to 27.
Team Visayas, which is composed mostly of students from Cebu City, will try to regain their dominance in the multi-event meet after the National Capital Region (NCR) bagged the overall title last year.
Before losing the crown, Visayas was the overall champion for three straight years.
“With the home court advantage and the support of the crowd, especially the parents, we have the chance to regain the championship,” said Visayas organizer Ricky Ballesteros.
Ballesteros added that the students have been training since they won their events in the Visayas elimination.
“The athletes have trained a lot as preparation for the upcoming nationals, especially the elementary and secondary basketball teams of University of San Carlos (USC),” said Ballesteros.
This is the first time that basketball is included in the national meet as Milo runs a separate basketball tournament.
The USC secondary volleyball team, which also won the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. title, is also ready for the national meet.
“We are banking on the team events and we have the confidence on these teams, especially the USC secondary boys team who are just fresh from winning the Cesafi title. They have enough exposure as part of their preparation for the nationals,” said Ballesteros.
Meanwhile, the gymnastic team which settled for a bronze in the secondary and a silver in the elementary division, hopes to win the gold this year.
“We have a big chance this year because the NCR team will be fielding mostly new gymnasts,” said coach Darlene Dela Pisa.
The Visayas football teams in the elementary and secondary division will also have an added pressure being the defending champions but will try to extend their dominance at home.
The volleyball, basketball, taekwondo and football events will be played at the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu , while other events will be held at the City Sports Center, Baseline, Alta Vista Golf and Country Club and Metrosports.
“We conducted several coordination meetings and so far, everything is okey. We also hope that the weather will cooperate also,” said Ballesteros.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 15, 2013.