Preparations are underway for the 1st Dr. Elias Dacudao Memorial Cup on October 22 to 25 in Davao City.
Rommie Chan, Dr.Dacudao’s son-in-law, has been moving in and out with the help of Philippine Tennis Association (Philta) regional director Engr. Carol Angel to smooth things out for the tournament as a way of honoring the late sports leader known by old-timers here as the Father of Davao Tennis.
Head, maker of world-class tennis rackets like the YouTek IG Speed MP 18/20 used by world no.1 Novak Djokovic, grips, strings, bags and other accessories, has also come in as supporter of the event as co-sponsor.
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Carol has continued to forge strong ties with local government unit heads in Davao del Norte province.
Carmen mayor Marcelino Perandos, who has turned the once-sleepy town into a vibrant municipality, has plans to build a tennis court, aside from other venues for other sports. Good thing, he has closely linked with Carol, who for sure will find a way to help in the development of the sport in his municipality.
Mayor Jose Silvosa of Panabo City has almost completed building their tennis courts beside the indoor gym which has played host to a number of PBA games.
With these developments, aside from Tagum City, which has produced outstanding players like former NCAA No.3 player Nathaniel Naromal, more young players will be developed in a sport where we can excel on the international stage.
Under Carol’s watch, oh boy, youth tennis development will be in good hands.
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Once Davao City mayor Inday Sara approves the proposal, a few days from now, the Elementary Games will start in Davao City when the Sports Development Division under its sports coordinator Cholo Elegino targets 13 years old and below players to be given a chance to show their wares in various sports disciplines.
Looking for players to be developed should definitely start in the elementary division and this is the right direction taken by the sports division.
While there is also a need to support open tournaments for all ages, it is but right to take a closer look at the 13 under division. This is the right age to identify talented players who can be supported by the local government unit and National Sports Associations.
If done properly, Davao City in a few years time will emerge as a producer of top-notch athletes who can be absorbed by national teams.
That would be wonderful.