Condura Skyway run to honor Phl soldiers

The seventh edition of the Condura Skyway Marathon will take place on Feb. 1, 2015 with a special mission of providing support to the families of Filipino soldiers killed or injured in action.

Ton Concepcion, founder and chief organizing officer of the Condura Skyway Marathon, told yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Malate that this year’s race is dubbed “Run for a Hero.”
“This is a very special race,” said Concepcion, who was joined in the forum by race ambassador Patrick Concepcion and celebrity running coach and race director Rio dela Cruz.
The Hero Foundation, this year’s beneficiary, was represented by its executive director, retired Maj. Gen. Daniel Casabar, and marketing director Michelle Chan. Also present were Bhaby Lorenzo of Asics and Tony Reyes of title sponsor Skyway O&M Corp.
Concepcion said the only race in the country that is ran on the skyway will have events in the 6K, 10K, 21K and 42K, the centerpiece event that will be flagged off past midnight.
“We started this race with the vision of coming up with a world-class race and to make the Philippines a better place. But over the years we’ve had beneficiaries,” he said.
“It’s always been for a cause. And this year it’s for the Hero Foundation,” Concepcion said, adding they expect to draw a total of 15,000 participants, including foreigners.
Dela Cruz said deadline for registration ends Oct. 15 at seven Asics stores nationwide. So far, 9,000 runners have registered, but once they hit 15,000, registration automatically ends.
Casabar said the Hero Foundation is a non-government-organization and is neither under the Armed Forces of the Philippines. It’s a foundation put up by former President Corazon Aquino and former Defense Secretary Renato de Villa in 1988.
“Our soldiers die in combat and this leaves their widows and children with nowhere to go. Then the foundation was conceived with the help of the industrial bigwigs, and it provides education to the children,” he said.
“Instead of giving money, we provide education,” Casabar said.
“It’s a message to our soldiers that we care. We want to send them that message. We want our soldiers to feel that they are loved,” added Chan.
She said the Hero Foundation has helped the families of over 700 soldiers, mostly based in Mindanao, involving over 2,400 children, 900 of them have graduated from high school.
Proceeds of this year’s Condura Skyway Marathon, which was set aside last year due to Typhoon Yolanda, will help bring at least 125 children through high school.
“This race will be a sea of love for the military orphans,” Chan added.(pr)

IOC President meets with INTERPOL Secretary General to discuss joint action plan to protect clean athletes

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble met today at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne to advance collaboration on the protection of sport from corruption, particularly the manipulation of competition through betting.

Today’s discussion focused on the parameters of collaboration to be implemented in the coming years. The main areas of focus are awareness-raising among members of the Olympic Movement of the risks related to the manipulation of competitions, intelligence gathering, the conducting of investigations and prosecution procedures. Law enforcement authorities will be trained in parallel with the sports movement as the manipulation of sports competitions is often linked to criminal activities. INTERPOL’s expertise in overseeing and conducting investigations and in the exchange of intelligence is therefore critical.

The approach is based on the spirit of the Memorandum of Understanding the IOC and INTERPOL signed in January. The MOU widened the scope of previous activities between the two organisations and paves the way for future collaboration on the security and protection of the integrity of competitions at the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games. It includes measures to improve governance through sport regulations and state legislation; ensuring regulatory enforcement through intelligence and investigations; and enhancing awareness among, and providing training to, Olympic Movement stakeholders and law enforcement agencies.

“Protecting the clean athletes from all forms of corruption and manipulation is our top priority,” said President Bach. “Our increased collaboration with INTERPOL serves to safeguard the integrity of sport. We are very satisfied with the determination being demonstrated by INTERPOL to team up with the IOC in this fight for the clean athletes. Together we continue to call on all governments, police authorities and betting regulators to join us.”

“Building on the close collaboration between INTERPOL and the International Olympic Committee is crucial to turning back crime threatening the integrity of sport,” said INTERPOL Secretary General Noble. “Wider global law enforcement support will also help ensure that fans, competitors and officials can safely enjoy international sports events.”

“Our joint action against threats such as illegal and irregular betting will help underpin confidence in fair play by the public and all those who have a stake in keeping sports clean and safe,” the Secretary General added. “The role of INTERPOL is to ensure that the rule of law is respected; the role of the IOC is to ensure that the rule of sport is respected. So it is a perfect marriage.”

As the world’s largest international police organization that works to connect police for a safer world, INTERPOL has worked closely with the IOC in the past to protect Olympic competitions from manipulation.

One of the IOC’s latest efforts to protect clean athletes was the establishment of the “Integrity Betting Intelligence System” (IBIS), which has been fully operational since the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Designed to become the primary source of betting information for the Olympic Movement, IBIS collates alerts and information on manipulation through betting on sport. Betting operators and regulators that have signed MoUs with the IOC are responsible for monitoring betting activity on all major international sports events and alerting IBIS directly when suspicious activity is detected. IBIS is a permanent mechanism that is available to all International Federations (IFs). The goal is to have all Summer and Winter IFs join the system by the end of 2015. The collaboration with INTERPOL will strengthen the efficiency of IBIS through the training and support of IFs, national sports organisations and law enforcement agencies.

Looking ahead, the IOC fully supports the signing of the Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions by all states represented at the 13th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Sport in Macolin/Magglingen, Switzerland on 18 September 2014. The convention will mark a key milestone in the cooperation between governments and sport in the joint fight against manipulation in sport.(pr)

Tierro thwarts Arcilla, bags Palawan Tunafest crown

PJ Tierro toughened up in the decider and defanged Johnny Arcilla, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, to capture the men’s Open singles crown in the Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Pera Padala Tuna Festival 2014 at the Gen. Santos City courts in Gen. Santos City yesterday.

The top seeded Tierro leaned on his solid serves and near-flawless ground strokes to neutralize Arcilla in the tightly-fought third set then came away with backhand drive winners to clinch the victory worth P40,000 in two hours and 10 minutes.
Tierro, who retired due to cramps in losing the Olivarez Cup crown to Arcilla last year, banked on his forehand winners to break Arcilla once and take the opening set. But Arcilla, who beat Vicenta Anasta last week to complete a three-peat in the Olivarez Cup, dominated the second to force a decider.
Tierro, however, recovered his bearing and rhythm in time, keeping his rival on the defensive with his solid groundstrokes and winners to hack out the victory, capping the week-long tournament sponsored by Palawan Pawnshop-Palawan Express Padala and hosted by Gen. Santos City with Technifibre as official ball.
“Tierro and Arcilla, along with other national team and pool mainstays, always inspire our young players to strive for excellence. And we thank Palawan Pawnshop for putting up this tournament which surely encouraged them to dish out their best in their side of the tennis festival,” said Philta president and Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.
Arcilla, who pocketed P20,000, foiled Tierro’s bid for a twinkill as he teamed up with Ronard Joven to beat Tierro and Rolando Ruel, 6-4, 6-4, and pocket the doubles title in the event which also featured the country’s leading and rising junior players and held as part of Gen. Santos City’s Tuna Festival celebration.
“Palawan Pawnshop and Technifibre have been in the forefront of tennis development for years and we will continue putting up top-level tournaments to inspire our young players to achieve a higher level of play,” said Palawan Pawnshop COO Bobby Castro.
Shaira Hope Riviera complete a golden double by topping the girls’ 16- and 18-and-Under sections with Carlyn Bless Guarde and Ma. Angelica Novis snaring the 14- and 12-and-U plums, respectively.
Rivera, a Davao City find, scored a 6-2, 2-6, (ret.) win over Sharyl delos Santos to clinch the 16-and-U crown then overpowered Patricia Velez, 6-1, 6-2, to annex the premier 18-and-U championship, while Guarde outsteadied Velez, 7-5, 7-6(7), to snatch the 14-and-U plum and Novis dominated April Bentillo, 6-3, 6-1, in the 12-and-U final.
Jeric delos Santos subdued Brylle Chatto, 6-3, 6-3, to cop the boys’ 18-and-U title while top seed Abson John Alejandre took the 16-and-U plum with a 6-1, 6-3 romp over Stephen Tubbs.
Ranked as top seed, Tubbs clipped Klyde Lagarde, 6-1, 6-4, to bag the 14-and-U diadem, while No. 1 Mark Alfred Directo routed John David Velez, 6-2, 6-2, to win the 12-and-U title.
Bentillo atoned for her failed bid in the girls’ 12-and-U final, edging John Velez, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(9), to clinch the 10-unisex crown.(pr)