Team Visayas competes in high gear
CEBU CITY, August 26, 2012 – A loud crowd of over 30,000 sports enthusiasts filled the Cebu City Sports Complex to witness the opening ceremonies of the 25th MILO Little Olympics Visayas Eliminations Leg Friday in Cebu City. About 7,000 student-athletes from 300 schools are competing to place for the finals in October.
Zapatera Elementary School (elementary division) and Colegio Dela Immaculada Concepcion – Cebu (secondary division) put the crowd in high spirits and won medals as the cheer dance competition, which was part of the slew of side events, preceded the league games. Early victories were also celebrated when Pardo Elementary School snagged the Most Disciplined and Loudest Cheer awards in the elementary division, while secondary division’s Abellana National School took three crowns home by winning the Most Disciplined, Loudest Cheer, and Best in Saludo categories.
The 16-year regional victor, University of Cebu Webmasters, springs into action once again to continue its winning streak against secondary division top contenders Ilo-Ilo National High School and Ateneo de Cebu. University of San Carlos leads the title drive in the elementary division against Cebu Institute of Technology University and Basak Community Elementary School.
After the first day of competition, dominating the secondary division of the athletics is Ilo-Ilo National High School, while University of Cebu trails behind in second place, followed by Ateneo de Cebu in third. University of San Carlos currently rests at the top of the elementary division standings while Basak National High School and Cebu Institute of Technology University hold the second and third position, respectively.
Meanwhile, football matches bred thrill as PAREF Springdale School leads top seeded teams Arellana National School, Ateneo de Cebu, and Don Bosco Cebu in both the elementary and secondary division ranks. This year’s playoffs adopt the ‘11-a-side’ international football format, giving more players a chance to hone their skills by going head to head with the country’s best teams on the field.
MILO Little Olympics regional organizer Ricky Ballesteros remarked that Team Visayas is looking to nab its fourth grand slam title this year. “We are confident that our student-athletes will bring the title home. Most of them have already competed and placed in other leagues such as the Palarong Pambansa, so they are all set to champion their respective sports,” said Ballesteros.
Team Visayas seeks to select the most competitive athletes to best in 12 sport disciplines namely athletics, badminton, chess, football, gymnastics, lawn tennis, swimming, table tennis, tae kwon do and volleyball, sipa or sepak takraw and scrabble in the National Finals.
The most prestigious interschool sports competition in the country strives to encourage the youth to be involved and develop their knowledge and skills in athletic programs. “MILO continues to produce quality competitions and remarkable athletes every year. We would like to build on these triumphs by providing an avenue for budding athletes to gain experience that will not only build their character and open doors for athletic careers, but equip them to achieve greater success in life,” said MILO Sports Executive Robbie de Vera.
The 25th MILO Little Olympics Visayas eliminations leg will continue in Cebu on September 1 – 2, and shift to its NCR eliminations leg on August 31 – September 2, and September 8 – 9, and Mindanao eliminations leg on September 7 – 9. All winners from the elimination legs will represent their region in the MILO Little Olympics National Finals in NCR on October 19 – 21, 2012. This year marks the first ever National Finals in Manila in the history of MILO Little Olympics.
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