Category Archives: Davao City Sports Council Inc.

Move forward

“We will move forward together, or not at all.”

U.S. president Barack Obama said that in his State of the Union address last January 25 (the 26th in Davao), the day that my college buddy, businessman Schmid V. Apat of Minute Burger-Matina Crossing branch was celebrating his Nth birthday.

I chose to borrow the American president’s line as a way of calling members of the Davao City Sports Council to do the same.

Since 1986, the Sports Council, then under Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (Tatap) president and sports philanthropist, the late So Kim Cheng, has effectively done its role in the development of various sports disciplines in partnership with government and non-government organizations.

Mr. So, I remember in one of the meetings at Claypot Restaurant along Uyanguren, would always advocate for unity among various sports leaders in Davao City for this would directly benefit the sport they love, much to the joy, of course, of the athletes, coaches, trainors and sports directors.

His untimely death 17 years ago was a big blow to Davao sports because Mr. So was so respected by local NSA leaders. He had the distinction of not only being the Davao City-based national sports head, but of being helpful to poor athletes.

Davao City councilor Nilo Abellera, then the Philippine Amateur Cycling Association-Davao City commissioner, took over from him, followed by Davao Football Association president Victorio Sai, whose untimely death also led to the taking over by Davao City councilor Peter Lavina of Tatap.

But when Lavina’s term as city legislator expired, various reports indicated that the once strong sports organization has not been functioning properly these days.

Things like this happen when the head of the sports organization is out of political power, unlike in the case of non-political heads who can continue to run the Council with or without government funds.

There are still well-meaning, honest, down-to-earth officials in the sports council who can run things and who have no “baggage” – meaning, they are not involved in sports financial scams in the past nor are known sports scalawags staying close to powerful men and women.

Ladies and gentlemen, for the sake of our athletes and coaches, please move forward.

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Happy birthday to computer wizard Randy Laureano, GMA Davao Kapuso’s Tek Ocampo, dear friend and football supporter Richard A. Roberts, manang Luz Manligas, golf buddy and mentor Chito Malabanan and long-time amiga Elen Evangelista-Ang.

Sports Council sets nomination deadline

The Davao City Sports Council has set June 5 as the deadline for the submission of nominees for the 16th So Kim Cheng Sports Awards for this year.

Various national sports associations (NSAs) should submit their entries with the complete name and achievements of the outstanding athletes from June 2009 to May 2010.

According to Councilor Peter Lavina, Sports Council President, the annual awards would be held on July 22 at the Grand Regal Hotel in honor of the late sports leader So Kim Cheng.

NSA representatives were present during the Davao City Sports Council Meeting held last Saturday which was also attended by the late sports philanthropist’s grandson Dexter So, representative of the So Kim Cheng Foundation.

Lavina said aside from the outstanding athletes or teams, various citations would also be given to recognize the contribution of sports media, patrons and supporters.

The Council and the SKC Foundation honor outstanding performances of Davao athletes, coaches and officials as well as give citations to sports patrons from the private and government sectors every year during the birthday of the late So Kim Cheng, the first president of the Council and the only Davao City-based national president of a National Sports Association, the Table Tennis Association of the Philipppines (Tatap), a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

The late Mr. So was beloved as a sports leader by athletes, not only because of his generosity, but because of his genuine love for sports. He took table tennis to greater heights in the Philippines by paving the way in the hosting international tournaments that attracted top athletes in the world.

Araw sports events in full swing

No less than 19 sports events highlight the 73rd Araw ng Dabaw celebration, the City Sports Development Division announced.

Bong Go, head of the Araw ng Dabaw sports committee and executive assistant to the Mayor, said action goes full swing starting March 12 for all 19 events in various venues around the city. The events will be held under the supervision of the SDD in coordination with the respective sports associations.

The events on top are athletics, basketball, billiards, bodybuilding, bowling, boxing, chess, cycling, dama, football, judo, karatedo, lawn tennis, sepak takraw, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and softball. The sports activities also include the ongoing Davao City Hall Employees Association (DACHEA) sportsfest.

“As has been the tradition, sports will be among the highlights of our celebration. It will be a showcase of Davao’s finest talents in the different sports disciplines,” said Go.

The Mayor Rody-Vice Mayor Inday Sara Invitational basketball tournament banner this year’s events. Four teams from Laguna, Gen. Santos, Cebu and Davao will vie for the title in the tournament set on March 13-16 at the Almendras Gym.

Athletics will be held from March 13-14 at UM Matina, billiards will be on March 9-13 at JL Billiard Hall, bodybuilding on March 14 at Victoria Plaza, bowling at Dover Lanes, boxing on March 15-16 at the City Hall Drive, chess on March 13 and 21 at JS Gaisano, cycling on March 14, dama on March 12-14 at the Osmena Park, dancesport at Elysees, football at Tionko field, judo on March 20 at HCDC Gym, karatedo on March 20-21 at NCCC, lawn tennis on March 13-16, sepak takraw on March 13-14 at City Hall Drive, table tennis on March 20-21 at Wheels and More, taekwondo on March 28 at SM City Davao, triathlon on March 14 at Queensland Baywalk, and softball on March 14 at UM Matina.

The sportsfest is part of the year-round program of the city government under Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. (pr)