Student-athletes from Negros Occidental, who won medals in the 2018 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet in Iloilo, received yesterday cash incentives from the provincial government.
A total of P736,600 in cash incentives were turned over to the athletes and their coaches by Provincial Sports Coordinator Angel Verdeflor, who represented Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., at the Negros Occidental Multi-purpose Activity Center in Bacolod City.
Negros won 138 gold medals, 126 silvers, and 66 bronze medals in the elementary competition, while the contingents in secondary division brought home 184 golds, 184 silvers, and 68 bronzes.
An incentive of P1,000 was given for each gold medal, P800 for silver, and P600 for bronze in both levels.
Meanwhile, the secondary baseball team, who lost their gold medal after the WVRAA jury overturned the decision that declared them as champion, received the cash incentive intended for the gold medalists.
Provincial DepEd Sports Coordinator Romeo Sison said the provincial government honors the decision made by the tournament officials when they declared Negros as secondary baseball champion during the final game against Iloilo.
This despite the recent announcement made by the WVRAA jury, composed of the DepEd regional director and the six provincial schools superintendents in the region, nullifying the decision to award the gold medal to Negros after the game ended in force majeure (due to darkness).
Based on the jury’s decision, the tournament officials did not follow the WVRAA rule book when they announced a force majeure. Sison said the jury decided to forfeit the championship game and declared “no champion” in secondary baseball event.
Sison also said that the Negros Occidental secondary football team, which figured in a brawl against Iloilo, also filed a protest with the jury and requested for a re-match.*NAB
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