Davao del Norte to host Region XI sports meet

Subscribe Now February 23, 2013 at 08:47am

The new Davao del Norte Sports and Cultural Center (DNSCC) is all set to host the grand opening of the week-long Davao Region Athletic Association (DAVRAA) meet this coming February 25. Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said the province is now ready to play host for the first time to some 5,000 athletes, coaches and officials from six cities and four provinces in Region 11.

“We are ready for the games,” the governor declared, as he personally supervised preparations at the P243-million state-of-the-art sports complex, which will first open its door as the main venue for the annual sporting event for elementary and secondary athletes in Southern Mindanao.

First District Congressman Anthony del Rosario will be the keynote speaker at the kick off ceremony on Monday afternoon.

The day’s activity will start with a mass, followed by a short parade of athletes from the provincial capitol to the venue.

The 10 delegations include the divisions of Davao City, Davao del Norte, Tagum City, Panabo City, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao Oriental, Mati City, Compostela Valley, and Davao del Sur, and Digos City.

DAVRAA serves as the elimination venue for the regional contingent in the Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City this coming April.

It features 18 sporting events that will be held at the sports center and other venues in the city, to include the Atrium of the New Tagum City Hall, Energy Park, Rotary Park, San Miguel Gym, and Apokon Gym.

Public schools in the city will serve as billeting centers for the various delegations.

For the first time in the history of the DAVRAA, a nighttime football event will be held courtesy of giant outdoor floodlights installed in the oval field consisting of 96 bulbs.

Del Rosario said the province’s hosting of the event is more than just a dry run for the new facility, since DAVRAA is the most prestigious athletic event in the region.

After DAVRAA, preparations will follow for the holding of the Batang Pinoy Games at the modern sportsplex in August.

The facility will again see action in the Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) meet in April 2014, as the province intensifies its bid to host the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.

Source: balita.ph

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