Athletes, sports officials say suspending CVIRAA is the right move
‘There’s more to life than sports’
CEBU CITY, Philippines – It may be an inconvenience for some, but some athletes and sports officials from Central Visayas believe that suspending the Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVIRAA) sports meet is the right move.
“Races can wait, health is more important,” said Moira Frances Erediano, who was set to represent Mandaue City in athletics competition of the annual sporting meet that is the basis for the selection of the athletes who will represent Central Visayas in the Palarong Pambansa.
The regional meet has been suspended indefinitely for the third time due to the threat of the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19).
“I support the postponements because I trust the wisdom of our leaders in the government. I know it is for the safety of us athletes,” added Erediano.
Cebu City’s golden boy in archery, Aldrener Añora Ygot, agreed with Erediano’s opinion on the suspension.
“Okay ra, paabot lang ta kay para sad ni sa among safety and para taas taas sad among practice,” he said.
(It is fine. We will just wait because this is for our safety and so we can also have a longer time to practice.)
There’s more to life than sports
The week-long, multi-sporting meet was originally scheduled on February 22 to 29, 2020 in Dumaguete City.
Due to the Covid-19 scare, the Department of Education Central Visayas (DepEd-7) suspended all activities involving learners for the month of February.
The meet was then rescheduled to March 15 to 21.
DepEd-7, however, decided to move it to March 21 to 28 so Education Secretary Leonor Briones could grace the opening.
Also, since some of the playing venues were changed, the change of schedule was also seen as enough time to complete preparation for the new venues.
However, the event was suspended anew with Briones issuing a statement of indefinitely suspending all regional meets, including the Palarong Pambansa, after the Department of Health (DoH) reported the first local transmission of COVID-19 and a spike in the number of cases.
According to Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) athletic director Rico Navarro, extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary measures.
“While it might disrupt the preparation for CVIRAA participants, this may be the best option for the good of all. There’s more to life than sports,” he said.
Several Ateneo students are representing Mandaue City in the CVIRAA.
Safety is paramount
University of San Carlos (USC) athletics coach Arvin Loberanis, who has 11 student-athletes competing for Cebu City, expressed misgivings but agreed that the suspension is necessary for everyone’s safety.
“Para nako okay rapud nga na postpone or ma cancel ang CVIRAA for the sake gyud sa safety sa mga bata. Kay as a coach, number 1 priority gyud ang safety and security sa mga athletes,” said Loberanis, whose team is the defending champion in the secondary girls.
(For me it is fine that it has been postponed or even have the CVIRAA cancelled for the sake of the student-athletes’ safety. As a coach, the number one priority is the safety and security of the athletes.)
Loberanis admitted, though, that it can be an inconvenience on their part as they have to keep adjusting their training program, and it will also affect the performance of the athletes.
“Maka affect kay ang training program naka periodization man gud nya na set na sa mind sa mga athletes na moduwa na sila supposedly then suddenly na cancel but amo lang gyud silang imotivate nga daghan pa ang duwa, continue lang gyapun ang training,” said Loberanis who added that they understand that the suspension is necessary.
(It will affect their performance because their training program is periodic and their minds are already set on competing then suddenly it gets cancelled. But, we just motivate them that there are still more events to come so we will continue to train.)
But archery coach Ma. Teresita Beltran said “safety is of paramount importance” and the suspension is a necessity.
“Okay ra sa archery kay naa man jud mi rigid training everyday and holidays…whole year round amoa training,” said Beltran.
(It is alright with archery because we have rigid trainings every day and even during the holidays. We train the whole year round.) /bmjo
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