Limpag: That Hunat triathlon fiasco-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
IF YOU want to know of a case where the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing, then the Hunat Sugbo Triathlon fiasco is for you.
One race, two sets of winners.
How is that possible?
What makes this case even more weird is that the folks behind the event--Parklane and Sugbutri--are competent individuals who are experienced in holding races. What happened?
Parklane has held the Hunat Run in honor of its late president for the past three years and it’s one of the most-anticipated races in Cebu, while Sugbutri has organized, among others, the Tabuelan triathlon.
What happened during the Hunat Triathlon is something the two groups must analyze together and solve together.
I just can imagine the frustration of the participants who trained for this event, traveled all the way to Oslob and monitored his or her progress in the race only to wait, wait and wait some more for the winners?
Parklane, citing the damage to its reputation, has demanded for a public apology from its technical team, but I hope these two groups iron out their differences.
Sure, somebody messed up--as shown by the two sets of winners--but the vibrant triathlon scene will get hurt from this conflict.
Parklane need not worry for the damage to its reputation as it has proven in the past its competence in holding sports events. Besides, folks stay at Parklane for what they experience there, not what they experienced in their sports events.
If I remember it right, some members of the Singapore national team returned to Cebu for a vacation because of the way they were got five-star treatment at the hotel during their 1-0 loss in a friendly here.
But this should be a lesson for organizers, especially of triathlon. The sport demands a lot from the participant--time, dedication and equipment--so the organizers must honor that athlete’s dedication by giving 110 percent when they hold their events.
POSTPONED MEETS. The life of a student-athlete, especially those who who vie for honors, is already hard as it is but the next few weeks will make it harder.
Classes has been suspended since Oct. 15, when that deadly earthquake struck and the 4th Milo Little Olympics national finals, which was supposed to start yesterday, has been moved to next month.
When classes are suspended, schools make up for lost time by holding sessions on Saturdays, which is normally used for training and sports events.
The Aboitiz Cup, set to start on Nov. 10, will be held every weekend, while there will also be the Cebu City Olympics on Nov. 6-10, the Milo national finals on Nov. 29, and the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet on Dec. 1.
An athlete who participates in all event and still manages to get high grades in school is one that should be made a poster-boy/girl for school sports.
So to the student-athletes, good luck!
Bohol is part of Cviraa and some of its athletes are also participating in the Milo national meet.
I hope organizers of the Cviraa and Milo will have in mind what happened to the place when they host delegates from Bohol and help them a little.
How? Give them the best billeting possible, perhaps those reserved for officials?
That’s the least they can do.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2013.