Yolanda, quake-affected athletes ready for CVIRAA 2014

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Friday, February 7, 2014

CEBU CITY – Calamity-affected athletes from the province of Bohol and Cebu’s northern part are in high spirits for the staging of the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) 2014 from February 9 to 13, 2014.

In an interview with Sun.Star website, Loon Bohol Elementary School Principal III Alberto Mangaron said they had to adjust and shorten the days of their preparation due to shortage of funds.

Mangaron said one of the major challenges they faced was the selection of athletes, considering that most of them were greatly affected by the quake, and the sourcing of funds.

"We know we can do it, makabangon gyud ta despite the ruins and catastrophe nga nahitabo nato. With God on our side, we can still emerge victorious. (We know we can do it, we can rise despite the ruins and catastrophe that we have experienced. With God on our side, we can still emerge victorious.)"

"With the previous earthquakes, we could outdo Cebu!" he added.

Loon's team will bring the name of “Bangon Bohol.”

Bohol was hit by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October 2013, while northern Cebu was among the areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November of the same year.

The annual multi-sporting event will gather students from 19 school divisions in Central Visayas. It aims to produce athletes with values of discipline and sportsmanship. 

After fourteen years, Cebu City will once again host the sporting event with some 10,000 expected delegates around the region.

Bogo City representative Norma Lepiten also expressed gratitude for the help of neighboring cities who extended efforts in their city's rehabilitation.

Lepiten said they are ready, adding that they hope to “bring the bacon” as Bogo City's pride.

This year's CVIRAA will include games for the Special Education (Sped) athletes and demonstration games for Billiard, Futsal, Wrestling, and Wushu. There will also be contests for the "Cleanest and Eco-friendly" and "Most Disciplined" delegations.

The Cebu City Government has prepared at least 14 public schools in the city which will house the student athletes.

Medical teams and police personnel are set to be deployed during the athletic meet for the different sporting events. [See the complete schedule of activities] (NMP/Sunnex)

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