Regaining lost glory

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


WILL the University of Cebu (UC) get back on track and erase the stigma of last year’s loss in the Milo Little Olympics, which blasts off this afternoon at the Cebu City Sports Center?

Last year, UC lost grip of the secondary division title after holding on to it for 17 straight years. It lost to the University of San Carlos (USC) Basic Education last year by 51.25 points.

USC completely wiped out the competition in both the elementary and secondary divisions last year.

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UC athletic director Bernard Ricablanca said they have accepted their defeat last year and are ready to take on the challenge of reclaiming that lost glory.

“We were able to pinpoint our weakness. And that was the failure to field participants in all of the sporting events, something USC did,” Ricablanca said.

Ricablanca did not have players in several team events, which stake higher points. He said they have addressed but it takes time to build up a strong team.

UC will start by fielding a tennis team for the first time, which Ricablanca hopes will help in their bid.

Ricablanca added he is confident that they will come up with a strong performance this year.

“Gamay ra nga events among apilan but we are strong in these events. I am still very hopeful for a good finish,” said Ricablanca.

Point system

Milo will still be using the point system even if the Palarong Pambansa already reverted to the Olympic medal system.

“As a grassroots event, we want the kids to be inspired to play even if they no longer have a chance to win a medal because as long as they make it to the Top 6, they will still be earning points for their teams and regions,” said Milo Sports Executive Robbie De Vera.

Technical Director Danilo Villadolid said that in a medal system, a team that has won 10 silver medals will still be beaten by a team that won one gold medal and there’s a tendency that players will no longer exert effort in playing.

Visayas leg organizer Ricky Ballesteros also said that the point system will also add more excitement to the tournament as it becomes unpredictable up to the last game.

THE Cebu City Sports Commission is adding another depth on its variety of events.

Starting on the last weekend of August, CCSC will present to the Cebuanos a rare contact sports attraction, the Bakbakan sa Sugbu, a whole day event that will feature comptition of different martial arts and contact sports events.

“The Sports Commission has put up a plan for a monthly fight fest named Bakbakan sa Sugbu. It will be a whole day affair every last Saturday of the month. It will feature competitions for karatedo, arnis, weightlifting, MMA, and the finale – amateur boxing,” Hayco said.

CCSC has already built an outdoor boxing ring and gym at the Sports Institute in Sawang Calero.

“We opened this for our summer but free clinics are still being offered,” said Hayco.

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

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