Archers’ Guinness bid takes slow time-A A +A
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
THE Sinulog activities, Batang Pinoy National Finals and the Cviraa regional meet are slowing down the resumption of the Guinness World Record attempt for the largest archery tournament of the world.
This was underscored by the lack of officiating officials and equipment, which contributed largely to the abrupt drop in momentum on the part of the people involved in the ambitious project.
“Sinulog and Batang Pinoy (national finals), and then Cviraa regional meet are slowing the momentum (record breaking attempt). This made our efforts a more uphill climb.
Building up the momentum is getting to be difficult. But that’s what Guinness World Record is all about. It doesn’t come easy,” Cebu City Sports Commission Chairman Edward Hayco said.
Public school students, teachers and DepEd Cebu City officials play a huge part in the Sinulog activities, especially the schools who have contingents in the festival.
CCSC is in charge of the participation of the Cebu City athletes to the Batang Pinoy National Finals, which will be on Jan. 28 in Bacolod City.
The Cviraa meet is set on Feb. 9-13; it will be hosted by the city.
“(But) we’re going to finish the job. The stronger the winds against our sails, the faster we can move forward. (Because) we have dedicated people around us, who always believed in our cause. Many times we fell, but it’s the people (behind the projects) who bouys us up to finish the job,” added Hayco.
CCSC, the Cebu Archery Club and DepEd Cebu City started the project last year when they introduced archery to the public schools before coming up with a target of breaking the world record for the largest number of participants in a tournament that is held by the United States of America.
After a series of teaching the teachers and the teachers teaching their students, the project took off last September with some schools holding their in-school tournaments.
However, the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15 and the super typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8 doused cold waters on the rising momentum when all of the scheduled eliminations had to be postponed.
CCSC is now rescheduling the finals on March 28-29 instead of Feb. 1 and 2.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 15, 2014.