Go ‘retro’ to raise quality players

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

THE Cebu City Sports Commission is planning to go retro to address the declining quality of athletes, as the direction they will be heading this year.

CCSC chairman Edward Hayco told Sun.Star Cebu that after a brainstorming session with selected coaches and commissioners Bernard Ricablanca, Zenaida Gocotano and sports trainer Pio Solon, they came up with a track to follow this year.

“During our holiday meeting with selected coaches, Com Bernard, com. Gocotano together with Pio Solon, the group brained-stormed why there is deterioration in the quality of athletes we have in the urban areas,” Hayco explained.

According to Hayco, unlike those in the urban barangays, athletes from the mountain barangays were still in good shape.

“But the athletes from the mountain barangays are still fine athletes. We have come to a conclusion that the games kids used to play on the streets like tubig-tubig, shatong, takyan, Chinese garter, biko-biko, dakop-dakop, tree-climbing, latay-latay, tirador, are all training to archery, gymnastics, basketball, volleyball. The mountain barangay kids still play the game, carry water jars, hike long distances etc., while urban kids do sedentary activities,” added Hayco.

To address this problem, CCSC will create an awareness and revival of the indigenous games that children used to play before the invasion of the computer games.

“There’s nothing wrong with computers (games), but kids need to strike a balance between cerebral and physical activities. So we plan to create an awareness and revival of these street games,” Hayco continued.

This decision was shaped after Solon learned the latest global trend of sports in a workshop he attended recently in Hong Kong.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 01, 2014.


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