LOCAL collegiate associations in the Cordillera region will set aside their rivalry to decide the region's representation to the Commission on Higher Education National Games.

Representatives from the Baguio-Benguet Educational Athletic League, Cordillera Higher Education Sports Athletic Association, Cordillera - Private Schools Athletic Association and member of the Cordillera Association of State Colleges and Universities are scheduled to meet on Monday, February 1.

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Among the issues to be tackled will be the region's representation in the upcoming Ched National Games set on Feb. 22 to 28 at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex.

While basketball, volleyball, swimming and softball events will already be represented by BBEAL winning teams, other allied sports to be played in the Ched National Games will be contested by the other collegiate sporting group.

Sources from the BBEAL said members of the Chesaa, Prisaa, and Carasuc will contest the representation of other allied sports which are slated in the one week event.

Following an absence of six years, the Ched National Games will be back in the limelight when more than 6,000 collegiate athletes from all over the country compete in 18 sports disciplines.

It will be the biggest gathering of young, promising athletes because this year's CHED Games will have under its umbrella the Prisaa (Private Schools Athletic Association), Scuaa (State Colleges and Universities Athletic Association) and LCUAA (Local Colleges and Universities Athletic Association).

The Local Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (LCUAA) will join in the endeavor, bringing to at least 6,171 athletes the expected participants in the National Games.

The Rizal Memorial Sports Complex will be the main venue but satellite venues in various colleges and universities in Metro Manila will also be tapped since there are 18 sport events and close to 1,000 medals at stake.

Sports to be played are athletics, badminton, boxing, chess, dance sports, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis and taekwondo for individual sports and basketball, baseball, softball, beach volley, sepak takraw, football and volleyball in team sports.

Aside from the National Games, Ched will also take the lead in the establishment of the Philippine Sports Academy where coaches and trainors will have the chance to upgrade their levels of knowledge in an effort to develop better athletes.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be the guest of honor during the opening ceremonies on February 22 at the Rizal Memorial Track Oval.

National athletes who are students of participating schools and with passing grades will be allowed to compete.

But foreign students or Fil-foreigners who are enrolled and competing for their respective schools will not be accommodated, sources said.