City sends 258 to PNG

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Thursday, May 15, 2014


THE Cebu City Sports Commission will send 258 coaches, athletes and officials to the 2014 POC-PSC Philippine National Games, which will kick off today at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

CCSC staff member Myla Ipil told Sun.Star Cebu that the city spent a total of P2.8 million for the athletes, who are participating in 21 events.

“We had a hard time looking for funding since the city’s Pagcor funds are all used up.

Luckily, we were able to find (source of funds) only last week. Our allocation includes P1.735 million for the allowances, transportation and miscellaneous expenses and another P1.120 million for the travel expenses from Cebu to Manila and back home,” said Ipil.

CCSC will be joining arnis, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball 3-on-3, beach volleyball, boxing, chess, cycling, dancesport, karatedo, lawn tennis, pencak silat, rugby football, sepak takraw, softball, taekwondo, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting and wushu.

The basketball 3-on-3 team is represented by University of San Carlos Baby Warriors players Jean-Jacques Antigua, John Galinato, Kent Malazarte and Mark ting.

Notably absent in the city’s line-up of event are swimming and gymnastics events.

“Swimming backed out because there was only one swimmer who confirmed participation, while nobody from the gymnastics asked us to be included in the line-up,” Ipil said.

CCSC is again pinning high hopes on dancesports, weightlifting, beach volleyball, karatedo, arnis, taekwondo, wushu, lawn tennis and boxing to deliver the medals.

Meanwhile, PSC chairman Ritchie Garcia said athletes who excel in the PNG will be included in the national team.

“In the PNG, promising athletes can have a chance to prove themselves since they will be competing against our elite athletes. If they (young athletes) can prove themselves, then we will recommend them to the NSA concerned for inclusion. It’s really only the national sports association (NSA) which has the authority to form their respective national team. Our job in the PSC is to provide funding,” said Garcia.

Garcia likewise warned elite athletes who receive more than P50,000 monthly honorarium from the PSC that they could lose the stipend if they lose in the PNG.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 16, 2014.

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