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Intense regional competition
strengthens WV's Palaro bid

The 2018 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet ended yesterday with the Negros Occidental delegates coming home with the medals and trophies they won during the competition in Iloilo City.

Negros Occidental DepEd Provincial Sports head Romeo Sison said that after the intense rivalry among the athletes from Aklan, Antique, Capiz,Guimaras, Negros and host Iloilo, it is now time to focus on the next level of the competition, the Palarong Pambansa scheduled onApril 15 to 21 in Vigan, Ilocus Sur.

“We can expect a stronger performance from our WVRAA delegates to the national Palaro based on the performance of the teams in the regionals,” Sison said.

Despite the conflict during the regionals, he said the athletes who will be selected to represent the region in the PalarongPambansa will have to set aside their differences and train together.

Sison emphasized that no overall champion was declared in the 2018 WVRAA, and while Iloilo won more gold medals in the secondary division, if the tally was based on team events won or the point system, it would be a 50-50 between Negros and Iloilo on top of the tally board.

“But we will not dwell on that anymore. All the games were played and the hostilities and protests that occurred were isolated cases,” Sison said.

On the controversial secondary football match between Iloilo and Negros, he said they talked to the coach and players of Negros and they all agreed to uphold the decision of the tournament manager to declare Ioilo as the winner.

Similarly, Ioilo also conceded to the official decision declaring Negros Occidental as the champion in secondary baseball after the championship game ended in force majeure (due to darkness).

As posted on DepEd Region 6 website, Iloilo and Negros were tied at No. 1 in the elementary competition with 64 gold medals each, while Iloilo topped the gold medal count in secondary division with 101 gold medals against Negros' 63.

Meanwhile, Sison said they will start processing the papers for the cash incentives that the medalists will receive from the provincial government.

An allocation of P800,000 has been set aside for the incentives and the unspent amount from the delegation's contingency fund will be added to the incentives, Sison said.*NAB




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