ONE of the best-attended sports events last year was not the Ironman nor any of the Pinoy Pride series but the playoff round of the Gov. Davide Under 21 Basketball Tournament.
A livestream of the event showed a jampacked venue with thousands still waiting to get a chance to get inside. Luckily, a large screen showed a livestream of the finals.
Organized by the Cebu Province Sports Commission, the basketball tournament followed the format of the volleyball tournament of the previous administration but had a twist; it followed a home and away format in the finals.
The success has prodded Gov. Hilario Davide III to pour in more of the Capitol’s money for a second edition and to include the sport that started it all, women’s volleyball.
The prizes are staggering; it’s P300,000 for the women’s volleyball champion and a cool P500,000 for the basketball champion. To be honest, had it been done by another set of CPSC officers, I would have scoffed at the basketball tournament when it launched last year. But since these guys at the CPSC have a track record of success--and of not using sports for other means--I knew that the success of the basketball tournament might mean an additional sport for this year.
And I was right.
With volleyball added this season, I hope the LGUs see the importance of joining this one-of-a-kind tournament. (They don’t do province-wide, LGU initiated events elsewhere). Who knows what could this lead to?
Another sports event or two added in 2019 until the Gov. Cup become sort of a mini-Olympics for the province where participation and success all events will have more reward rather than a gold in one event.
That has always been a dream of mine. To see one province hold a mini Olympic type of tournament for its LGUs, which, in turn will also hold their own mini-Olympic type in their own locality to determine their representatives. An event such as that calls for a year-long schedule and will put into action the various sports commissions of the LGUs, which sometimes only get busy come election time.
Can it be done? I don’t know. But if ever there is a commission bold enough to see it done, it’s the guys at Capitol.
BIRTHDAY. Happy birthday to Chariz “Mic-Mic” Ursabia, a classmate from kinder to high school. She is currently in Cebu together with her husband Mitmit and their three kids. Enjoy the Sinulog.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on January 13, 2018.
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