Cebu City skips PNG softball-A A +A
Thursday, April 3, 2014
THE Cebu City’s softball team withdrew its participation in the upcoming Philippine National Games (PNG) on May 20-28 at Marikina City.
The Cebu City Government was willing to shed P60,000 for the team’s stint but they decided it was not enough for a 20-man team’s expenses in the weeklong tournament.
The players had a meeting with Mark Aliño of Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) last Wednesday to finalize the status of the softball team.
“We agreed to withdraw our participation in the PNG. Our two expected private sponsors have also backed out. So as of now, we have no other choice,” said John Tugot, one of the players.
However, Cebu City will continue to promote softball, especially in grassroots development and the P60,000 originally intended for the team’s stint in the PNG will now be used to fund a baseball and softball clinics.
The free clinic will be on April 22 and offers basic and advanced softball techniques for the little league bracket. Although, it’s for kids below 12 years old, anyone older can also be accommodated.
Tugot said grassroots development is already handled by Salazar Colleges of Science and Institute Technology (SCSIT) coach Dionisio Bacarisas and they are willing to offer help for the improvement of local batted sports.
The initial plan is to create a team for each district which will play in a one-day league event.
“The CCSC and the team initially agreed in the meeting that the clinic will be divided in to two: North and South. Each district will facilitate a clinic, and create two teams for each district. The total four teams on both districts will be the participants in our one-day league league.” said Tugot. (RSC)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 04, 2014.