ANGELES CITY -- Officials of Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) Meet 2010 said Tuesday that they hope to see Central Luzon fare better in the Palarong Pambansa ranking this year.

Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director and CLRAA officer Mario Ramirez told the almost 12,000 athletes and spectators on Monday’s opening of the CLRAA Meet at the Bayanihan Park here that many of the coaches from different provinces of the region are optimistic to draw the best athletes to represent the region in the national games.

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Ramirez explained that winners in the CLRAA Meet form the official delegation of the region in the national games to be held in Tarlac City soon.

“We expect to draw the most formidable athletes to represent us and we hope to face Western Visayas with a strong delegation,” Ramirez said.

Many coaches here see the delegation from the National Capital Region and Western Visayas as their traditional rivals among other regions in the country.

Ramirez said strict training of the winners of CLRAA will immediately start after the proclamation of winners.

The National Capital Regional Athletic Association (NCRAA) was the over-all champion and dominant delegation in the recently concluded 2009 Palarong Pambansa hosted by Leyte province recently.

Meanwhile, Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno said they hope to bring in the most number of athletes into the individual sporting categories.

Nepomuceno added that their athletes have been continuously training to meet the requirements of the competition.

“Our athletes in the individual sporting categories have maintained a constant presence in representing the region and the city. We hope to get as much slots as possible,” he said.