Karatekas aim to bring honors

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Friday, May 16, 2014

A FOUR-MEMBER Davao City team aims to compete for honors in the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) National Games 2014 karatedo competition slated May 21 to 25 at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

The karatekas are from the PSKAI-Takai Gijutsu School of Martial Arts.

Team captain Bern Rexander R. Tacay, a PNG 2011 and 2012 gold medalist, said, "The target of the team is to give good performance and to bring honor to the city of Davao."


Tacay, in text messages to Sun.Star Davao on Friday, said the team has prepared for the annual Games for two months.

"The team's preparations have been rigorous. We train three to four hours daily for two months," Tacay said.

Completing the cast are PNG beginners Lya Marie P. Carrillo, Miyuki R. Tacay and Rhiendhardt Francisco I. Ladaw.

Carillo was a double gold medalist in the Batang Pinoy National Games 2012 and a triple gold medalist in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying while Miyuki got a silver and a bronze in the Batang Pinoy 2012 nationals.

Ladaw, for his part, took a silver in the 77th Araw Ng Dabaw Karatedo Tournament.

Meanwhile, Manila-based Davao City divers who are members of the national diving team are also seeing action in the POC-PSC nationals except for Sheila Mae Perez, who is sidelined by an injury.

Perez, in Facebook chat conversations with Sun.Star Davao, said: "Kailangan ko ng operation para makapag dive uli. I still train on dry land. Hindi pa ako nakapag-opera kasi kailangan P15,000 to P20,000."

Teammates Ceseil Domenios, Niño Carog and Rexel Ryan Fabriga are competing in the diving event of the annual Games organized to test the current national athletes and at the same time discover potentials for training pool.

Fabriga, however, will represent Laguna, where he is a resident.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 17, 2014.


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