I SEE Felix Tiukinhoy so often in Cesafi matches--often without fail--that I sometimes forget the busy businessman is involved in other interests as well as being president and chairman of Virginia Foods Inc. Lately, the Cesafi commissioner was in the news because of another hat he wears, the head of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Cebu, which will send a team for 10 days to come up with linkages with Canada's businessmen.
I thought, well, the very busy Tiukinhoy will have 10 days away from Cesafi concerns, but then again, I got a light-bulb moment. What if Cesafi hitches a ride to the Canada mission?
I know, I know. Businessmen don't mix interests but hear this out. Unlike the UAAP and the NCAA, who are only concerned about their leagues, the Cesafi, has in the past, looked out for Cebu sports too. Yes, there were times when it didn't act that way, but gone are those days and in a certain way, Cesafi looks out for Cebu.
It has to because Cebu sports is ignored by Manila, save for football and taekwondo. Heck, even Cebu basketball, and Cesafi is a member of SBP, is rarely graced by SBP activites here. Worse, in volleyball, the national body has no presence. On and on the lists goes.
So, what can a Cesafi linkage with Canada do?
I really don't know but any linkage--if ever they can hook up with one--is one better than the present situation, which sees rare linkages between Cebu and Manila. Right?
What is Canada known for? Basketball, baseball, football, hockey? Well, we got ourselves a rink and baseball in Cebu can sure benefit from a boost in the arm in terms of equipment.
I'm sure the Canadian Chamber's 10-day stint in Canada will be fixed and they don't have to actively sports linkages but perhaps they could be open to it? What if a meeting with one executive is in an office full of sports memorabilias, who knows a business deal may be the result of a sports deal? Strange things have happened.
Or perhaps, they'd even invite the Cesafi basketball champ to a pocket tournament there? Who knows, anything is possible as long as it's in the table.
Anyway, I hope sports linkages, aside from business linkages, will be established by the CanChamber's trip.
KD TRANSFERS. Golden State Warriors fans, and those who hate them, are all talking about the news of Kevin Durant's transfer to the team that beat them in playoffs. It's going to draw comparisons to LeBron James, I know, but for me, things like this is part of modern sports. When Ronaldo (the Brazilian) transferred from Barca to Real Madrid, all he said was, “I go where they tell me to go.”
In this case, KD is just going where he chose to go. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 06, 2016.
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