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Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Prime Sports - By PJ Orias

O fur­ther en­liven the Christmas sea­son, the City Gov­ern­ment will host the 1st Ca­gayan de Oro Asian Friend­ship Cup from De­cem­ber 6 to 11, which will be par­tic­i­pated in by eight bas­ket­ball teams from all over South­east Asia.

In a press con­fer­ence, the Friend­ship Cup’s head or­ga­nizer Al­fonso Kaw said the par­tic­i­pants in­clude Aldino Bas­ket­ball Club from Jakarta, In­done­sia; Tai­wan Taipei Vet­er­ans Team, Team Nan­jing China, Team Fu­jian Old Friends from Xi­a­men China, Meteroro Bas­ket­ball Club from Ma­cau, China, and from the host coun­try Team Philip­pine Air­lines, Team Al­pha 7 Manila and Team Ca­gayan de Oro ban­nered by no less than City Mayor Os­car Moreno him­self.

Kaw said the 8 teams will be di­vided into two brack­ets, so that ev­ery team gets to play the other teams.

The best team with the best record among the two brack­ets will meet in the fi­nals sched­uled on De­cem­ber 10.

Moreno said, the event, Orig­i­nally sched­uled dur­ing the city fi­esta, Moreno said the event aims to pro­mote good­will, har­mony, and peace among the South­east Asia nations.

“Bas­ket­ball cre­ates not just good­will but also ca­ma­raderie since the sport has a very high sense of team­work and you can re­late to each other. The undy­ing love of the game is the rea­son why they are here,” Moreno said.

The Mayor said the for­eign vis­i­tors will be a boon to the city’s in­vest­ment and eco­nomic sta­tus which had been af­fected by the Marawi crisis.

“If we want to adopt in­vest­ment, we want to adopt tourist, if you want other peo­ple to have faith and in­vest with us, if you want other peo­ple to visit us then you need to es­tab­lish not just our eq­uity but also our cred­i­bil­ity, we need peo­ple from the out­side to be­lieve in us and to be­lieve in Ca­gayan de Oro and North­ern Min­danao and Min­danao,” he said.

Moreno also as­sured the for­eign vis­i­tors that se­cu­rity mea­sures are in place.

Moreno said the city will not be spend­ing a cent dur­ing the stay of the vis­i­tors here, point­ing out that the players will pay their ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion, while the city will only an­swer the venue, which will be at the Xavier Univer­sity Gym­na­sium.

The mayor urged the pub­lic to wit­ness the bas­ket­ball games, as ad­mis­sions are free.

“There are no prices on this event; it is a friendly in­vi­ta­tional bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment in­tro­duc­ing 50-year old above teams from China, Tai­wan, Ma­cau, In­done­sia and Philip­pines which is the host of the once in a life­time oc­ca­sion,” he said.

“The Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment is happy to serve this event and this event would not be pos­si­ble with­out the help of our Chi­nese com­mu­nity and of course, the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment of Ca­gayan de Oro City,” Moreno said.

The 1st Ca­gayan de Oro Asian Friend­ship Cup is a friendly in­vi­ta­tional bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment, fea­tur­ing 50-year old above teams from China, Tai­wan, In­done­sia, and host Philip­pines.

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