Coaches regret city's decision to cut BP list-A A +A
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
COACHES here regret but respect the city's decision to cut the official list of delegates to the upcoming Batang Pinoy national finals in Bacolod City due to funding constraints. The Games will be held on Nov. 19 to 23.
In a press release published to local papers yesterday, the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office will only fund the participation of Mindanao qualifying gold medalists excluding those from wrestling and cheerdance teams.
It was earlier reported that some P3 million will be needed to send all qualifiers to the nationals but the city has only allocated P1.5 million for the 95-member city delegation to the City of Smiles.
Wrestling coach Bambi Posadas of Beefit Gym, in a phone interview yesterday, said: "Wala tayong magagawa kung hindi na talaga kakayanin sa budget. Ganyan talaga. Sayang lang din ang pinag-training ng mga bata pero baka sa susunod maisasali narin ang wrestling sa budget."
Posadas has four Mindanao gold medalists who qualified for the national championship.
Karatedo coach Bern Rexander Tacay, in a text message to Sun.Star Davao, said prioritizing only the gold medalists will have a negative impact not only for the silver and bronze winners but to the entire team as a whole.
"But as a coach it is my duty to let them understand the financial situation of our city. For this, we will have more reasons to fight and train ourn best for our comrades left behind and to make sure our city will be proud of us," Tacay added.
Judo coach Paolo Tancontian of Holiday Gym and Spa, for his part, said it was unfortunate news since not all their medalists will get to play in the national finals.
Tancontian said, "Nakakapanghinayang. Sa judo pito lang ang maisasama. In spite of the city's decision, susubukan parin namin i-defend ang over-all national championship for judo."
He also said they will try to seek support for others to also make it.
It's a welcome respite that most judo champions also qualified in wrestling so they can also represent the city in the said event.
Athletics coach Mamerto Aventurado, meanwhile, said he pities the silver and bronze medalists for they will be denied the chance of competing in Bacolod.
But Aventurado said he understands where the city is coming from, saying, "Basig sa sunod na Batang Pinoy, ma budgetan na ug dako para daghan pud ug entry ang Davao Cty (Maybe the Batang Pinoy will be allocated a bigger budget next year so the city can send more entries)."
Aventurado said he had talked to parents and guardians of those who will not be sent to the nationals.
"Kasabot man hinuon sila (They understood)," Mamenturado said.
The city will see action in swimming, athletics, softball, taekwondo, judo, chess, karatedo, badminton, lawn tennis, soft tennis, arnis, and weightlifting in the 15 years old and below sportsfest organized by the Philippine Sports Commission.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 24, 2013.