‘Let’s make great athletes’

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


WINNING is not all that matters for the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) as it is about to open its 14th season this Saturday at the Cebu Coliseum.

Cesafi president Fr. Manny Uy, SJ, of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu is hoping for a fruitful season as he led the launching and press conference of the event at Parklane Cebu City Hotel yesterday.

“It is not (all) about winning but developing our athletes to be the best men and women in sports. Cesafi aims to produce great athletes in the likes of Junemar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter. Cesafi can produce good athletes even if our athletes will not go to Manila. We look forward to this season with great hope and great enthusiasm. Let’s support one another as a team, as one family,” Fr. Uy said.

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Commissioner Felix Tiukinhoy Jr. on the other hand announced that the basketball finals will now be aired live over at Studio 23.

“Starting this year, the basketball finals will now be aired live over Studio 23. This year, we only have six college teams since USPF will take a leave of absence, but promised to be back next year,” Tiukinhoy added.

Last year, Cesafi was tested to the hilt as its rules were challenged at the court of law, resulting to the cancelation of the high school tournament. And then there was the malfunctioning of the electronic scoreboard in the all-important championships, something that Cesafi finally speaks out about for the first time since it happened.

“We are very sorry that we just brought it out today. We kept it to ourselves for the rest of the year, but during our investigation, we discovered that the wires of the electronic scoreboard were cut, causing its malfunction. But this year, we can assure you that it would not happen again. We will employ measures to make sure that it won’t happen again,” Tiukinhoy said.

On questions about the league’s rules and guidelines, Fr. Uy assured that the board has reaffirmed its commitment to the league.

“The board has reaffirmed its commitment to the league that whatever clarifications should be resolved within our level. Cesafi is stronger now because of what had happened before,” Uy continued.

The launching was also participated by the different coaches, athletic directors and officials from the corporate sponsors, Smart Communication.

Many heads turned to coach Raul Alcoseba when he announced that his SWU Cobras is not the title favorite this year, despite the achievements of the team during the off-season.

“We have eight new players and I believe we’re not the (title) favorite. But I just hope that our loss (to UV) last year would become lesson to us,” Alcoseba said.

Just like SWU, UV is also laden with new players but Felix “Donbel” Belano Jr. aimed from a modest finish to be at the top two after the elimination round and hope they could pick up from there to make a successful title defense.

USJ-R head coach Agripino “Jun” Noel was modest enough to say that the Jaguars is a competitive team while Julian Macoy, who represented Junthy Valenzuela for USC is confident the Warriors can do better this year.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 31, 2014.

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