THE Cebu City Sports Commission (CCSC) has started conducting its qualifying tournament to form a strong delegation for the Philippine National Games (PNG) on May 26 to June 2 in Manila.
“We have decided to have a qualifying tournament because we want to send the best athletes. This tournament will give them the chance to be discovered by the different National Sports Associations and bolster their chances of making it to the national team,” CCSC executive director Brando Velasco Velasco said.
He added that the different sporting events that they will be sending representatives to are in beach volley, athletics, dancesport, archery, karatedo, judo, weightlifting, arnis and boxing.
Last year, the Cebu beach volley duo of Jonrey Sasing and Edward Ybañez shocked the national team as they took the PNG title. The win has triggered the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to look into the national teams and they found anomalies that forced PSC to cut their allowances and eventually disband the team.
This year, PSC hopes that the Philippine Volleyball Federation (PVF) spearheaded by Gener Dungo will approve its recommendation that the winner in the PNG will make the RP team lineup.
The 16th Nestea National beach volley back-to-back champion tandem of Mike Abria and Jade Becaldo of University of the Visayas (UV) are favored to get the slots.
The tournament will be considered as Becaldo’s stepping stone towards his dream to become a member of the national team.
“I love volleyball, be it indoor or beach volley. My goal was to become a national player, finish school and probably focus on becoming a seafarer when I already get that sense of fulfillment from volleyball,” he said.
However, when his father suffered a stoke, and half of his body got paralyzed and he could no longer work, he had to set aside that dream to help the family.
“It even came to a point that I just wanted to drop everything about volleyball,” Becaldo said
But no matter how he tried to avoid it, still he found himself wanting crawling back to the sand court because of the love of the sport.
He then decided to dream again and give it a shot. He competes along with Mike Abria in the qualifying tournament to be part of the men and women Cebu City Beach volley teams for the Philippine National Games (PNG).