Iloilo evaluates competitiveness in sports  


ILOILO – One hundred forty-eight key sports officials from the academe and government convened on September 29-30 to assess the effectiveness of the province’s existing sports programs.

The two-day seminar-workshop in Iloilo National High School Conference Hall is organized by Center for Sports and Physical Fitness Executive Director Raymundo Lapating in preparation for the full implementation of a more competitive sports program for the youth of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.

Lapating explained the activity aims to provide technical expertise and in-depth knowledge to the municipal sports coordinators, chairmen of committee on sports, and school sports coordinators to formulate an integrated and viable sports and physical fitness program.

To achieve such, they have to identify first the strengths and weaknesses of the existing sport program and recommend solutions to perennial problems.

“In order for a sports program to take-off, there should be unanimity of direction and purpose and this activity is the starting point going to that right direction,” Lapating said.

In an interview with one of the participants Leon National High School Sports Coordinator Roberto Calucab said he is thankful to be part of the seminar-workshop.

“This is very helpful to me as a sports coordinator. In Leon, for instance, we have many talents in our school yet we cannot maximize their potential because we have not yet established a sports program responsive to their needs,” he said.

Meanwhile, the governor committed to support whatever sports activity or program the group can come up with since he firmly believed that through sports, the youth can be part of something meaningful.

Defensor said he wanted youth to excel in sports not only in the local arena but in national and international level if possible.

On October, the Center for Sports and Physical Fitness will organize another training for the technical officials and referees of basketball, volleyball, football, swimming and athletics.

Coaches will also undergo a separate training on November for the upcoming 2015 Sports Festival on December. JAN

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