FOUR years after it was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that damaged a lot of its infrastructure, the Province of Bohol showed that it was back on its feet and ready to host huge events.
The 2018 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (Cviraa) became the stage from which Bohol showcased its return to hosting sporting meets. And what better way to do so than a grand opening ceremony at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City yesterday.
“It’s heartwarming to host this event again. The last time that we hosted Cviraa was in 2011. That was before we were harassed by the natural disaster in 2013. It was a difficult time but I’m glad to say that Bohol and Tagbilaran City are back,” said Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto.
Bohol and Cebu were hit by the 7.2 magnitude last Oct. 15, 2013.
Yesterday’s opening ceremony was attended by close to 8,000 athletes from the 19 divisions in Central Visayas with keynote speaker Presidential Spokesperson Herminio “Harry” Roque.
“Sports is a universal language that can unite people. To all the participants, always remember the true spirit of sportsmanship. Make friends and have fun,” he added.
Tagbilaran City Mayor John Geesnell Yap told the athletes to make the Olympians and other famous Filipino athletes as their inspiration and to set their sights on bigger tournaments.
“Each one has the capacity to be a sports hero. We have the chance to become an Olympian. Let the famous Filipino athletes be our inspiration,” he said.
5 golds to start
Before the start of the opening ceremony, the 25-time defending champion Cebu City Niños already showed its grace, racking up five gold medals in the gymnastics event at the Dauis Gym.
Nine-year-old Venedict Kyle Soronio from Cebu City snagged this year’s first gold medal at the Cluster 1 Mag (floor) event.
Soronio, a Grade 3 pupil of University of Visayas (UV), said he was motivated after failing to make it to the medal round in the floor event last year in the City of Naga, Cebu.
“I’m happy to win the (the first gold in Cviraa). It means that my training had paid off. Before coming here, we had a hard training,” Soronio told SunStar Cebu in Bisaya.
“My goal is to make it to the Palarong Pambansa. The biggest dream is to get to the Olympics,” said Soronio.
The other gold medalists for Cebu City were Mark Angelo Servila and Iverson Randall Dela Pisa, who won two gold medals each.
The competition goes full swing today.
Joining gymnastics in the regular sporting events are archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, billiards, boxing, chess, football, futsal, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, wrestling/pencak sila nad wushu.
For medal-rich athletics, the first final events are shot put, discus throw, 5,000-meter run, high jump. The heats for 110m and 100m hurdles, 400m run, 200m and 1,500m will also be played today. RSC