FOUR local, regional, and national sports events have been set to be held in Cagayan de Oro this year, according to Milo Mindanao area organizer Megdonio “Megs” R. Llamera.
First to unravel is the month-long multi-event Milo Champions Academy (MCA) Sports Clinics – now on its second year – to be slated on May 1 to 30 at the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Center, with the full backing of the Misamis Oriental Integrated Sports Council (MOISC) which is under the chairmanship of Governor Oscar S. Moreno.
The MCA sports clinics will consist of 13 events, namely; athletics, badminton, basketball, chess, dance sports, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, and volleyball.
“The sports disciplines are the same as last year except for dance sports that we are offering for the first time,” said Llamera, who is also the MOISC secretary and has been organizing the Milo Little Olympics Mindanao and the National Milo Marathon for more than a decade now.
Llamera said a minimal registration ranging from P400 to P1,000 will be collected from the enrollees.
The amount is intended for the honoraria of veteran trainers and rental of venues, most of these inside the spruced up Pelaez Sports Center.
“Upon registration, each enrollee will receive an official training t-shirt and an identification card. During the graduation ceremonies, the graduates will receive their training certificates and for the top performers medals and trophies,” the organizer said.
Deadline for registration for those interested is set on April 26, 2010 on a first-come-first-serve basis since the number is limited to only 500 enrollees.
Meanwhile, the Mindanao area organizer announced that the secretariat is also preparing for the 14th edition of the Milo Little Olympics Mindanao, the opening and staging of which is set on July 30, 31 and August 1.
“We are holding the Milo Little Olympics Mindanao earlier because we shall be hosting the National Finals of the said event on Oct. 13-17, this year,” said Llamera, who led the Mindanao delegation to a third-place finish in last year’s inaugural show of the National Finals in Cebu City.
Finally, the fourth major sports event this year is the country’s longest running 34th National Milo Marathon regional eliminations in Cagayan de Oro on November 28 where more than 10,000 runners are expected to see action in the 21-kilometer qualifying race, 10-kilometer competitive road run, five-kilometer open fun run, and the three-kilometer kiddie category.
article by Uriel Quilinquing of Sun Star CDO