Zambo delegates out to regain ZPRAA title PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 22 February 2014 13:15

The Zamboanga City delegation to the Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) Meet, which will formally open tomorrow in Dipolog City, is determined to regain the championship title of the annual sports competition in Region 9.

In a telephone interview yesterday afternoon, Athletic Manager Ricarte L. De Sosa of the Division of Zamboanga City Athletic Association (DZCAA) expressed confidence that the city will be able to regain the ZPRAA title which it lost only last year to Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte.

Heading the DZCAA delegates is Division of Schools Superintendent Pedro Melchor Natividad.

“Zamboanga City has long been the perennial champion of the ZPRAA. We lost the title only last year when we ranked over-all second in both elementary and secondary,” De Sosa said.

“This time we hope to regain title. Our athletes have been practicing to this day for that goal,” he added.

In last year’s Regional Meet, Zamboanga del Sur was champion in the secondary division while Zamboanga del Norte championed the elementary division with Zamboanga City second in both divisions.

For the past years, however, Zamboanga City used to be the overall champion of both the elementary and secondary divisions.

De Sosa was optimistic that the non use of the Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex facilities in Baliwasan will not affect the performance of the city’s athletes in the weeklong competition. “With or without the grandstand facilities, we are determined to take back the title.”

Recall, the JFE Memorial Sports Complex in Baliwasan has not been in use by the athletes since it has been converted to an evacuation center for thousands of families displaced by the Zamboanga siege last September.

To this date, the grandstand is a temporary home to more than 3,000 families waiting for their transfer to the soon-to-be constructed permanent homes in the siege-affected areas.

The city government under Mayor Beng Climaco’s administration has made sure that the entire sports complex will be part of the rehabilitation and reconstruction plan under the build back better concept.—Vic Larato