CEBU CITY, Philippines – An estimated 10,000 athletes, coaches, and officials will be under one roof as the 29th Cebu City Olympics officially fires off this afternoon, Nov. 13, 2019, at the Cebu City Sports Center.
While some events had already started their competitions, the bulk of the events will officially start tomorrow where athletes from the nine school units and the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (CESAFI) member schools will vie for supremacy to win the coveted honors for their respective schools.
Dr. Joeyliza Arcilla, the officer-in-charge of DepEd Cebu City expects a better City Olympics and better performance on the part of the athletes following the series of activities leading to this momentous event.
“We expect a better City Olympics this year as we conducted a series of seminars that includes coaching seminars for our teacher-coaches, which will ensure better preparations on our athletes, especially athletes from the public schools,” Dr. Arcilla said at the press conference held Nov. 12 at the CCSC Function Hall.
Arcilla, DepEd Cebu City’s Schools Governance and Operations Division Chief, and is the caretaker of the schools’ division in the absence of Schools Division Superintendent Rhea Mar Angtud and Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Danilo Gudelosao clarified that the Cebu City Olympics is all about building champions with characters.
“The Cebu City Olympics is all about building champions with characters. We wanted our athletes to take pride in being a Cebuano and a Filipino in general. I would be an ambitious goal but our goal is we would like to prepare our athletes not just for the CVIRAA or the Palarong Pambansa but prepares them to a life long journey as future champions,” Dr. Arcilla added.
Cebu City, being the prime Division in Central Visayas and an overall champion since 1994 has been the yardstick of all the schools’ division in the region that the huge dip in the performance last year caused an alarm to the officials.
“Our goal is to raise it (gold medal haul) higher from 78 last year. Are you with me?” Arcilla asked the tournament managers who are in attendance at the conference.
DEPED valued the help of the Cebu City Sports Commission especially in the implementation of the School for Sports Program which is a catalyst for public school athletes to be as competitive with the private schools.
Cebu City, through the Local School Board, hired coaches and send them to schools including in the upland barangays to train public school student-athletes.
Because of this Arcilla wanted to coordinate with the coaches to help them selected the best athletes who will be sent to the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet.
More or less 160 gold medals are at stake in this 4-day competition, which will serve as selection for next year’s CVIRAA Meet. RCM